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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 […]

State Attorney: NAACP may try to disrupt elections

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, October 23, 2014. As early voting opens for the 2014 general election, an attorney representing the state in the lawsuit fighting state election law reforms is seeking further information regarding statements made earlier this month by the Rev. William Barber at the state NAACP convention. The statements, according to a […]

13% increase in Blue Cross ACA rates

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by John Murawski, News and Observer, October 22, 2014. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, said Wednesday that rates under the Affordable Care Act next year will increase by 13.5 percent on average, providing the first glimpse of how insurance coverage will play out next year under the federal health care […]

After SPIN! 10/19/14 – “Were NC’s 2013 SAT Scores good news or bad news?”

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – 10/19/14 – Question to John Hood: “North Carolina’s 2013 SAT scores were released recently and the state average for the 64 percent of students who took the test was 1,468, three points below the national average. We were above average in reading but behind in math and writing. Is this a […]

Bench trials: Yes

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, October 19, 2014. This one just makes sense: A proposed constitutional amendment that would give defendants in many cases the right to waive a jury trial, which is now required for felony cases, and be tried by a judge (a “bench trial”). We think the amendment is a good idea. Defendants […]

After SPIN! 10/19/14 – “Does a lack of transparency trouble you?”

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – 10/19/14 – Question to Becki Gray: “The new public-private economic development partnership opened for business the first week in October. When proposed we were told it would help our state respond faster and be more flexible in helping create jobs. We were also promised it would be very transparent, but now […]

The ugly truth

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Luke DeCock, News and Observer, October 22, 2014. After four years, two chancellors, two athletic directors, three football coaches and two NCAA investigations (one ongoing and newly fueled with ammunition), finally there are some real answers at North Carolina. It wasn’t independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein’s presentation of the breadth and depth of the phony […]

The case for paying your doctor directly

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Katherine Restrepo, Carolina Journal, October 23, 2014. A massive government overhaul of our health care delivery system continues to unfold, and the nation is embarking upon uncharted territory. Providers are fed up with reduced payments, spending more time wading through convoluted third-party paperwork, and not being reimbursed in a timely fashion. (Can someone say NC Tracks?) However, […]

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 […]