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Eye opening expenses from DHHS

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Burlington Times-News, September 16, 2014. North Carolina taxpayers have spent more than $7.2 million on consultants for the department that administers Medicaid and other human services programs since Gov. Pat McCrory took office. Much of that money has been in the form of a no-bid contract for one firm. There is reason to […]

No love lost here

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, September 16, 2014. First Governor McCrory compared Senator Phil Berger to Tony Rand, Marc Basnight and Harry Reid. Then, McCrory said he wouldn’t call the legislature back into session because “after a lengthy session they need a break, and frankly I need a break from them” – a sentiment […]

The McCrory subplot in the Senate race

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, September 16, 2014. The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected. Tillis is trying at every opportunity to tie Hagan […]

DHHS’ outside consultation is too costly

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, September 16, 2014. The state Department of Health and Human Services is troubled, to say the least, and has been for some time. Discovering that DHHS continues to pay exorbitant fees for outside consultants rather than accomplishing its work on its own doesn’t help restore faith in the organization. This information […]

Hagan continues to lead by 4 points

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, PPP, September 16, 2014. PPP’s newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh’s impact on the race is waning- since June his support has […]

Governor may have burned bridges by not calling special session

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, Capitol Press Association, published in Greenville Daily Reflector, September 15, 2014. In a video posted online Friday afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory, smiling throughout, announced he wouldn’t call legislators back to Raleigh this year to consider new economic development incentives or extend existing tax credit programs. He left the door open, however, to […]

Can politics be made clean?

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, September 16, 2014. The idea of ethical politics seems today to be an oxymoron – a contradiction in terms – sort of like civil war or diet chocolate cake. Doctors and lawyers have codes of conduct. So do many businesses. But politicians basically operate under one basic rule: Do […]

State raised school funding

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, September 17, 2014. Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction. How come? The […]

After SPIN! Video – 09/14/14 – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from September 14th program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.

Women and men

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, September 15, 2014. More telling than Kay Hagan’s overall lead in the polls may be her overwhelming lead with women.   According to a Rasmussen Poll last week, Hagan leads Thom Tillis by six points, 45-39. But then it gets confusing. The poll said Hagan leads among women by […]