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Is Tata running? If so, for what?

| August 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Francis De Luca, Civitas Institute, July 31, 2015. The recent abrupt departure of Tony Tata as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has left many in government and political circles in Raleigh and across the state talking. His manner of leaving – with no public notice, while repeating the cliché about […]

Turnaround ideas for McCrory

| August 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 31, 2015. A contributing blogger, noting that Governor McCrory has had a run of bad news lately, offers five ways he can turn around “his disappointing governorship:” Get focused. Choose three priorities and make them the theme of your administration. Don’t allow other things to distract you. Wear […]


| July 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 30, 2015. Is it just me or have we come to a time when people can say anything they want with no sense of remorse of concern for others? The current presidential circus is filled with candidates calling each other names but this disrespectful conduct […]

GOP makes key staff changes

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jones and Blount, July 30, 2015. This morning the Republican National Committee and the N.C. Republican Party announced key staff changes that will shape the outcome of the 2016 race, where North Carolina is expected to be a big player.  Carrie Brown will take over as the state director of North Carolina, leading the RNC’s 2016 campaign efforts in the […]

Mixed bag for charter schools

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, July 29, 2015. While charter schools continue to attract students and expand in record numbers, the current legislative session can best be described as a mixed bag for the 148 charter schools and 64,000 students who attend them. One bill nearing approval makes some seemingly small changes that might nevertheless […]

Another offensive reform of the machinery of death

| July 31, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 31, 2015. If the Republican majority in the General Assembly gets its way, not only will officials acting on behalf of the people of North Carolina be able to resume putting people to death again in the middle of the night at Central Prison, […]

Voucher ruling raises troubling questions

| July 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, July 31, 2015. With last week’s N.C. Supreme Court ruling in favor of “opportunity scholarships,” North Carolina becomes a state full of educational diversity. That might sound nice on paper, but how does the legislature propose to pay for it all? Public schools in the Twin Counties alone have plenty […]

NC SPIN episode # 874 – Air Date 8/2/15

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Topics: Vouchers are Constitutional Executions May Resume Adults Who Allow Underage Drinking Tell Us Something We Don’t Know Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation Peg O’Connell, Political Consultant Connie Wilson, Former Legislator Tom Campbell, Moderator

Value of public schools: The great divide in North Carolina GOP?

| July 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2015. About two years ago, the Republican-dominated southern suburbs of Mecklenburg County elected Paul Bailey to represent them on the school board. He was endorsed by a roster of GOP officials that included three state legislators. That made Bailey’s comments on the Republican-dominated General Assembly this week all the […]

After SPIN! Video – “What guidelines should we have for naming rights?”

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Greer Beaty – Over the past few years we’ve seen a big increase in the number of corporate and private sponsorships and naming rights for public arenas, parks, museums and buildings. Is this primarily because we aren’t providing sufficient funding for this public infrastructure? Are these sponsorships and naming rights cheapening […]