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Does the legislature need a curfew?

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, May 25, 2017. “Nothing happens on the streets of this town after midnight that you need to be a part of,” my parents told me as a teen. Concerned I had neither the experience nor the judgment to impose this discipline on myself, they imposed a midnight […]

The most shameful thing about the Senate budget

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 24, 2017. The most shameful thing about the disastrous budget passed by the Senate two weeks ago is not the vindictive 3:00 a.m. budget cuts to education programs in Democrats’ districts. It’s not the paltry raise given to state workers after years of neglect […]

Pay raise could lessen regulation

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, May 24, 2017. I have been writing a regular column on North Carolina politics and public policy since 1986. Over three decades of writing about and talking to politicians in Raleigh, few issues have come up more often than the relatively low pay that state legislators […]

State needs an alternative to occupational licensing

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, May 25, 2017. For half a century, making any reform to a state’s occupational licensing system has been nigh on impossible. How hard? In 2015, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics could find “only eight instances of the de-licensing of occupations over the past 40 years.” In recent months, […]

House budget outlines sharp differences with Senate

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, Cullen Browder and Matthew Burns, WRAL, May 25, 2017. House members on Thursday began reviewing pieces of the chamber’s proposed 2017-18 budget, but legislative leaders said details about raises for teachers and state employees won’t be released until the whole spending plan is rolled out early next week. Like the Senate, the […]

Independent investigators, courts and press guard us all

| May 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Doug Clark, The Greensboro News-Record, May 24, 2017. This is a tough time for our country, but we can count on our strong national institutions to carry us through them. If we protect those institutions. President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in the midst of an FBI investigation into connections between Trump […]

Stay safe on holiday highways

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, May 25, 2017. We knew a holiday weekend was coming when a couple of local gas stations bumped up their prices by 10 to 15 cents a gallon. They’re ready to make hay on our weekend wanderlust. But no matter what happens with gas prices, we’ll be traveling, perhaps in record […]

Independent redistricting needed

| May 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Editorial by The Winston-Salem Journal, May 23, 2017. Here we go again. The U.S. Supreme Court rightly ruled Monday that North Carolina lawmakers relied too heavily on race when drawing two congressional districts in 2011, affirming a lower-court ruling that forced legislators to create new maps last year. But our state’s costly fights over redistricting […]

Lessons from a North Carolina embarrassment

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Ferrel Guillory, The Durham Herald-Sun, May 24, 2017. In image-conscious North Carolina, sometimes it takes an embarrassment to get the state in gear. Consider, for example, what happened in 1989 when North Carolina learned it ranked as the state with the worst infant mortality rate. Republican Gov. Jim Martin, in the first year of […]

Opening the books on renewable power in NC

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Francis De Luca, Civitas Institute, May 25, 2017. In what may be a first, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on  its docket a petition to declare that a renewable power facility is in fact a public utility under NC law. This action is the result of a filing I did on […]