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Who will vote November 8th?

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, June 24, 2016. Before the all-but-certain nasty political rhetoric dominates the airways it might be instructive to use this “quieter” time to analyze the North Carolina electorate and look at who might vote. Catawba College Political Science Professor, Dr. Michael Bitzer, along with State Board of […]

Tweaking the NC Constitution

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, June 24, 2016. In addition to the U.S. Constitution, every state has one as well. North Carolina’s is an important governing document — one that limits government, protects rights, and sets state policy. State constitutions are longer, more detailed, and more policy-driven than their federal counterpart. They […]

HB2 changes still in question as legislative session winds down

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 23, 2016. As lawmakers push to finish their work for the year, discussions about whether and how to modify the controversial House Bill 2 remain very much behind the scenes. “There’s clearly conversations still happening on it, but as far as what will happen, nobody really knows at this point,” House Speaker Tim […]

NC SPIN episode # 921 – Air Date 6/26/2016

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Watch NC SPIN online!  Topics: Election Laws Back in Court, Breaking Down the NC Electorate, Building Schools in Rural Areas, and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Doug Raymond, Political Consultant, Specializing in Messaging Dennis Wicker, Former Lieutenant Governor Tom Campbell, Moderator

After SPIN! Video – “What advice would you give the governor candidates?

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Rufus Edmisten – Already we see the signs predicting that the election for Governor is going to be contentious and waged over the airways. You’ve run statewide many times. If you were Governor McCrory’s campaign manager what advice would you give him in running his campaign? On the other side, if […]

After SPIN! Video – “Are legislators dismantling public schools?”

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to Chris Fitzsimon – You recently wrote a column saying this legislature is dismantling public schools in favor of diverting more funds to out-of-state companies and unaccountable private schools. Help us understand why you say this.”

An outbreak of independent candidates

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, June 22, 2016. Maybe it’s just an odd coincidence but two ‘Independent’ candidates are running and two more are on the cusp of qualifying to run and every one of them is in a ‘safe’ Republican district. House Majority Leader Mike Hager already has an Independent opponent (with no Democrat in […]

Ending discrimination is more important than adjourning the session

| June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, June 23, 2016. It’s that time of the General Assembly session when legislative leaders are talking about adjourning and leaving town. House Speaker Tim Moore said this week that the odds are 50-50 that the session will end before July 4th while Senate Majority Leader […]

Answering NC SPIN on further tax relief

| June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Alex Jones, Politics North Carolina, June 23, 2016. NC SPIN recently tweeted a video called “What are your suggestions for further tax reform?” The question was posed to John Locke Foundation scholar Becki Gray, but I’ve decided to be shamelessly presumptuous and provide my own answer. Focused on other issues, state-level Democrats for too long conceded […]

Presidential race knotted; Senate race close

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling, June 23, 2016. North Carolina was the second closest state in the country for President in both 2008 and 2012, and PPP’s newest poll finds it remains similarly competitive this time around. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dead even at 43%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4%, Green […]