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Labor Day: Times change, the role of workers does not

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, Burlington, NC, August 29, 2014. Labor Day 2014. The day we say so long to summer — even if temperatures top 90 degrees. When we get together with friends to flip burgers on the grill. Take the boat out on the lake, perhaps? Go shopping — again. Or, with gas prices […]

Race between Tillis and Hagan heats up

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 31, 2014. Although it seems as if N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan have been running for election forever, based on the number of television ads we’ve seen over the past two years, the race is really only beginning to heat up. Tillis and Hagan […]

Dodging the League of Women Voters?

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News-Record, August 29, 2014. Republican commissioners in Wake County say they won’t participate in candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters, WRAL reports. “While we appreciate your offer, we believe your group has a scope that is too narrow to adequately preserve the impartiality of the setting needed for a full […]

It’s time to get America all the way back to work

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by News and Observer, August 31, 2014. There’s now an odd aspect to Labor Day. It was born as a day of rest for working Americans who found unlimited ways to toil in a booming nation. But this Labor Day brings another year of too many who can’t find work. Too many underemployed or […]

Five steps for a reform-minded UNC Board

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenna Robinson and Jane Shaw, The  John W. Pope Center for Higher Education, published in The News and Observer, Augut 31, 2014. As the academic year begins, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, now with a new chairman, John Fennebresque, must make some choices. The university system faces real problems: It costs […]

Candidates off and running

| August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, August 30, 2014. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. […]

The difficulty of defining what a good teacher is

| August 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Bill Massey, retired teacher and principal, published in News and Observer, August 30, 2014. The latest federally orchestrated attempt to close the achievement gap between public school students from low-income families and those from middle- or upper-class homes mandates that all school districts submit to the Department of Education, by May, plans outlining how […]

Hagan, Dole and the 90s

| August 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, August 29, 2014. WRAL’s Mark Binker says the claim that Senator Kay Hagan votes with President Obama 95 percent of the time is “something of karmic payback for Hagan, who benefited from a similar claim leveled against then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008.”   There is a little-noted back story to […]

Raleigh’s revolving door

| August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, August 29, 2014. That swooshing sound you hear in Raleigh these days is the revolving door between government and private industry spinning away, as legislators and top administration officials are cashing in, taking their taxpayer-funded experience and insider knowledge and using it on behalf of […]

Incumbents have the money

| August 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, Capitol Press Association, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, August 28, 2014. Chalk it up as another way that incumbent legislators in general have a distinct advantage over challengers in N.C. General Assembly races this and every other election year. Besides the name recognition and the drawing of legislative districts to favor one […]