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After SPIN! Video – “Does pay for legislators need to be increased?”

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Connie – The subject of pay for legislators has always been a thorny subject. Since the id 1990’s legislative pay has been $13,900 per year plus monthly expenses and per diem expenses. Now the legislature wants to consult a national organization to find out how other lawmakers are being compensated. […]

After SPIN! Video – “Does NC Gear have a chance for getting the funding McCrory wants?”

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to John – Governor McCrory proposed what he called NC Gear…Government Efficiency and reform. He made a report to the legislature about his proposals but lawmakers were less than impressed. Tell us why and whether NC Gear has chance for getting the funding McCrory wants.

Millennials show more independence as they enter adulthood

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Bitzer, professor Catawba College, published on, May 19, 2015. Yes, it’s a year and a half away from the November 2016 general election, but already the punditry and analysis has begun in terms of what could happen in the looming presidential contest. A team of political scientists at the University of Virginia’s Center for […]

You swore an oath; uphold it

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, May 26, 2015. Magistrates in North Carolina take two oaths when they are sworn into office. “I, (state your name), do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States,” they say in the first oath. “I, (state your name), do solemnly swear that I will […]

Politics battles principles in CON debate

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, May 28, 2015. The conflict conservative legislators face between satisfying constituents and staying true to free-market principles is playing out in the debate over the scope of North Carolina’s certificate of need law, a set of rules governing where a host of medical facilities — diagnostic centers, psychiatric beds, and […]

Always take ideas seriously

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood,John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, May 28, 2015. A thought occurred to me as I was traveling in and around the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The notion didn’t have to do with my location but was instead prompted by the lecture I was listening to on the way. It […]

After SPIN! Video – “Is the Governor’s proposal for an agency for military affairs dead?”

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! – “Question to Chris – The Governor’s proposal for a separate cabinet level agency for military affairs got rough treatment from the House. Gary Pendleton, a former General, said he didn’t think it would be as effective as a division within the administration with a direct line to the Governor. He said a […]

Same old, same old

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, May 26, 2015. Back when Democrats ran the legislature, Republicans swore that things would be different if they ever were in charge. No more high-handed rulings, no more procedural shenanigans and no more bosses using their gavels to ram through favored legislation. So much for that, says Boss Bob […]

Rucho’s revealing rationalization

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 26, 2015. It’s often difficult to generate much interest in stories about the abuse of the legislative process but the behavior of Senator Bob Rucho last week promoted a flurry of them. And his troubling defense of his undemocratic actions may be more telling […]

News and Observer does it again

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jane Shaw, The Locker Room, May 25, 2015. UNC’s fake-classes scandal was in the news this weekend, as the university received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Friday. And, once again, the Raleigh News & Observer chose to minimize the academic nature of the scandal. Columnist Luke DeCock once again disparaged former governor James Martin for […]