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North Carolina on “Pause”

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, January 19, 2017. The year has just begun, yet it feels as if someone pushed a big “pause” button within state government. Governor Cooper has been put on hold in having his cabinet secretaries take office, due to the legislature’s December law requiring that the State […]

We place our trust in the Republic

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, January 20, 2017. We are optimistic today as Donald Trump takes the oath as this great and enduring nation’s 45th president. We are not optimistic because of the man who is taking the oath, nor were we optimistic because Barack Obama took that solemn oath four years ago. We are optimistic […]

This should be interesting

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, January 19, 2017. There’s a lot to talk about as Trump takes office. An “illegitimate” President? Congressman/civil rights hero John Lewis touched a nerve here. Trump & Co. went nuclear. But the Russian hacking stories will persist. As will the golden-showers stain. Trump supporters say, “Get over it. He […]

Limited power

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, January 19, 2017. When the election began Millennials trapped in dead-end jobs faced a choice between a Democrat Washington Politician and a Socialist (who could only come from Vermont) and the Millennials chose the Socialist. On the other side of the aisle working class families sitting at kitchen tables […]

Urban-rural gap isn’t new

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, January 18, 2017. One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled The Country Church in North Carolina. (Yes, I’m just that nerdy.) The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that […]

Real lives at stake in the chaos in Washington

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, January 19, 2017. Never mind the bullying tweets that unnerve allied nations and reverberate through financial markets. Put aside for moment the disturbing confirmation hearings that have revealed not only ethical conflicts of nominees, but people who either don’t understand the issues handled by the […]

Unfunded mandates

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, January 19, 2017. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans pummeled Democrats for unfunded mandates. Unfunded mandates are regulations or requirements passed by legislatures or Congress without the money to pay for them. That’s exactly what Republicans are doing to our public school system. The North Carolina legislature passed a law […]

Lawmakers could use a civics lesson

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Paul O’Connor, Capitol Press Association, published in Rocky Mount Telegram, January 18, 2017. The separation of powers principle should not be so vexing to state leaders. It was, after all, clearly explained in middle school civics class. The legislature writes the laws. The executive implements the laws. The judiciary applies the laws when there […]

Now walk the walk

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, January 18, 2017. GOP leaders had good things to say last week in Raleigh about effective unity and working with Roy Cooper, the new Democratic governor. They’ve talked the talk. Now we want both parties to walk the walk of unity. That’s the hard part, that of bringing their high-road talk […]

Build a new plan, then replace Obamacare

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Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, January 19, 2017. Richard Hudson was reassuring. Nobody is going to lose insurance coverage as Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and replaces it with … well, something else. “My message to folks is we’re not pulling the rug out from under anybody,” our 8th District congressman said in Fayetteville on […]