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NC SPIN episode #834 – Air Date 10/26/14

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Topics: paper classes and arranged grades, the 10 million dollar election, charter school transparency, and #TellUsSomethingWeDon’tKnow. Panelists: Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, Former House Speaker, and Dennis Wicker, Former Lieutenant Governor.

Can Marry or Must Marry?

| October 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 23, 2014. At least two North Carolina magistrates have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages, citing conflicts with their religious beliefs. It raises a very intriguing question: Must these officers of the District Court be required to marry anyone with a valid marriage license or […]

Imagine if we all bothered to vote

| October 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Teddy Jordan, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, October 18, 2014. Our nation was founded on the ideals of freedom, equality and the concept of the common good. Equality for all and the right to vote are at the very core of our democratic principles. Our guidelines do not say “We the individual.” They don’t say […]

An empty chair

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, October 23, 2014. I watched the ‘empty chair’ debate too (see Gary’s blog below).   And it brought back old memories. Of old foibles.              Years ago, in 1980, when John East ran against Robert Morgan he challenged Senator Morgan to a debate. And challenged Morgan to debate. And […]

Demagogues and nullifiers and the last gasp of anti-equality forces in North Carolina

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 23, 2014. Almost every significant move toward justice and equality prompts a backlash. Cynical elected officials preying on ignorance and pandering to fears for their own political gain. Far-right zealots distorting the fundamental structure of our democracy to rail against an expansion of basic […]

Two decades of shame

| October 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Durham Herald-Sun, October 23, 2014. A paragraph near the beginning of Kenneth Wainstein’s devastating report on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said far more than its few words about why the scandal is so disillusioning. “Like many universities, the Chapel Hill administration took a loose, decentralized approach […]

Thom Warner cable?

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 23, 2014. Time Warner Cable News made more news than it intended with the “empty chair” debate.    One media critic said TWC “orchestrated a phony scandal and boosted Thom Tillis’s North Carolina Senate campaign by placing an empty chair for his opponent, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, at […]

Tillis’ switch on Medicaid draws fire

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 23, 2014. In last spring’s Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. “Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare,” the narrator said. “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and […]

SPIN This Week – October 26

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss paper classes and arranged grades, the 10 million dollar election, charter school transparency, and tell us something we don’t know. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation, Joe Mavretic, Former House […]

After SPIN! 10/19/14 – “What do you think of state money spent on outside law firms?”

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – 10/19/14 – Question to Rufus Edmisten: “The Associated Press reported that the state has run up legal bills from outside law firms amounting to several million dollars. Some was spent by the Attorney General to help defend the redistricting lawsuits but a large amount was spent by the legislature because Attorney […]