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Loss of Volvo plant a legislative failure

| April 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, April 25, 2015. Political egos and partisan chest-thumping can sometimes offer amusing theater, but not when real jobs and regional economies hang in the balance. We have watched the hopeless dilly-
dallying this year of the N.C. General Assembly as it has taken on pointless “freedom of religion” causes rather than […]

The class divide goes to college

| April 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Eric Frazier, Editorial page, The Charlotte Observer, April 25, 2015. Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, dropped in on the editorial board last week to tout historically black colleges and universities as key vehicles of upward mobility for low-income youth. One of his key points: that President Obama’s plan to offer […]

Costly, controversial: Lawmakers have just months to tame Medicaid beast

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 25, 2015. If the panoply of issues facing the General Assembly every year were a zoo, the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled would be the snarling, nearly $14 billion beast that makes all of the other critters nervous. During prior legislative sessions, Medicaid has thrashed its tail […]

Blacks still targeted by traffic stops in NC

| April 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Cash Michaels, Editor, The Carolinian, April 26, 2015. In the aftermath of the recent fatal police shooting of a black motorist in North Charleston, S.C. comes a new study from a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher that conclusively documents how, for 12 years, North Carolina law enforcement have targeted African-American drivers disproportionately across this state in […]

NC depends on DC more than you think

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, April 23, 2015. Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers. Illuminating the […]

Crazy train

| April 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, April 24, 2015. The “religious freedom” train ran off the rails on Jones Street yesterday. House Republicans realized the state would lose business and some of them would lose elections.   It was a telling turnaround for a body that had pushed through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages […]

The death of the religious freedom bill signals new political realities

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics North Carolina, April 24, 2015. The religious freedom bill in North Carolina is dead for this session. It’s demise is a testament to how far and how fast views have changed on LGBT rights. We also saw three trends that will play out in North Carolina in coming years. First, the LGBT community […]

McCrory thinks big on bond initiative

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, April 23, 2015. When he served as mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory championed a campaign for light rail service in North Carolina’s largest city. As a result, thousands of commuters ride the train daily in one of the bigger government success stories of the early 21st century in North Carolina. […]

Remember that abortion promise?

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Charlotte Observer, April 24, 2015. Fear not, women of North Carolina. A bill that would create new obstacles to getting an abortion has moved to the N.C. Senate after passing the House this week. House Bill 465 would require women to wait three days, instead of 24 hours, before getting an abortion. But […]

A creative public infrastructure funding solution

| April 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, April 23, 2015. In our “us-versus-them” partisan culture it is rare to find an issue on which there is unanimous consensus but Governor Pat McCrory has identified one. North Carolina has not adequately built or maintained its public infrastructure for decades. Some of this failure rests […]