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Voters strike out at Supreme Court

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch, October 22, 2014. A string of calls on voting rights came down from the nation’s highest court in rapid succession over the past few weeks, as the justices sorted through emergency requests for rulings on laws governing the upcoming elections. The first strike came in late September in an […]

Massive SAS building, more jobs reflect Goodnight’s loyalty to home state

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rick Smith, WRAL TechWire, October 21, 2014. Jim Goodnight runs the world’s largest privately held software company with more than $3 billion in revenues and operations from China to Latin America. Yet the billionaire founder of SAS continues to invest in jobs and in facilities at the company’s Cary headquarters. On Tuesday, he unveiled […]

The TV mirror

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 21, 2014. Here’s the worst thing about all those negative political ads on TV: They mirror our national psyche right now.   You can blame the politicians and their consultants. But they’re giving you what they know works on you: fear and anger.   On both sides.   […]

A bad decision by lawmakers that’s looking even worse now

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 21, 2014. Here’s something that you haven’t heard enough about through the overwhelming din of the attack ads during this election season. Just three months into the new fiscal year, North Carolina has a revenue shortfall of just over $60 million and it may […]

Spending $100 million in the Senate campaign is obscene

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Doug Clark, Greensboro News-Record, October 22, 2014. Just say Hunt-Helms to someone who’s watched North Carolina politics for a long time and you’ll get a reaction. Probably something like “ugh.” Or “disgusting.” The 1984 U.S. Senate race between Jim Hunt and Jesse Helms was the most expensive and most negative political campaign this state […]

NC payrolls expand in September

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Quinterno, South by North Strategies, October 21, 2014. In September, employers in North Carolina added 14,000 more payroll jobs than they cut (+0.3 percent), due entirely to hiring in the private sector. The monthly household survey, meanwhile, recorded a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, although the size of the labor […]

Hood: Latest N.C. jobs report contains ‘excellent’ news

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mitch Kokai,  The Locker Room, October 21, 2014. John Hood has sifted through the numbers associated with North Carolina’s latest employment report. He likes what he sees: RALEIGH — The latest federal employment report delivers excellent news for North Carolina. That’s the assessment from the John Locke Foundation’s chairman, who notes that state employers added 14,000 […]

Zane: Kay Hagan has a dismal record in Senate

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by J. Peder Zane, News and Observer, October 21, 2014. Thom Tillis is wrong. Kay Hagan has done plenty in the Senate. She has rubber-stamped President Obama’s major economic programs – including the trillion-dollar stimulus that failed to find “ shovel-ready projects,” the ill-conceived “ clash for clunkers” program that cost $1.4 million for every job it […]

Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, October 21, 2014. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis covered familiar ground in an appearance on a cable TV news show carried live Tuesday night: calling for fewer regulations and more security on immigration, terrorism and health issues. He did offer more specifics on abortion, saying states should have […]

WRAL poll: Senate race remains a toss-up

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, October 21, 2014. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis with only two weeks left until the Nov. 4 election, according to an exclusive WRAL News poll released Tuesday. SurveyUSA polled 568 likely voters across North Carolina between last Thursday and Monday and found that, if […]