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NC SPIN episode # 835 – Air Date 11/2/14

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Topics: Elections, The House, The vote, The last word Panelists: Brad Crone, Political Consultant Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation Doug Raymond, Political Consultant Tom Campbell, Moderator

Lower admission standards at historically black universities

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 30, 2014. The UNC Board of Governors perhaps opened a can of worms by allowing three historically black universities to lower their SAT admission standards. The move might be the spark needed for more meaningful discussions. For whatever the reason North Carolina hasn’t done right […]

Hagan maintains lead in final stretch of Senate race

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by Elon University Poll, October 30, 2014. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holds a steady lead over her Republican challenger with Election Day just days away, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Hagan has solidified a 45-41 margin against Rep. Thom Tillis, the speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives, since the Elon […]

Early voting continues ahead of 2010

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by Michael Bitzer, Political Science Professor, Catawba College, October 30, 2014. NC’s In-Person Early Voting Continues to March Ahead of 2010′s Numbers North Carolina’s early voting continues its march ahead of where the state was four years in the last mid-term election; among all early voting methods (in-person and mail-in balloting), 731,251 ballots have been […]

Barefoot and pregnant

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by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 30, 2014. Chad Barefoot must have asked his team: “What can we do that will so anger and offend women that they’ll vote AGAINST me?”   They came up with an ad that has backfire potential approaching the “child molester” ad against Justice Robin Hudson. It portrays Sarah Crawford’s […]

The misleading business climate ranking

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by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, October 30, 2014. The people currently in charge of the General Assembly and their supporters are busy these days giddily touting the news that the right-leaning Tax Foundation has moved North Carolina up 28 spots in its 2015 rankings of state overall business tax climates. […]

McCrory assessing Medicaid expansion

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by Emery Dalesio, News and Observer, October 30, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he’s weighing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, adding to signs that state Republican leaders may reconsider their opposition to extending the social program. In addition to shaping a plan for networks of physicians […]

Certificate of Need: Bureaucrats blocking your health care options

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by Kathryn Restrepo, John Locke Foundation, published in Forbes Magazine, October 29, 2014. This week, the John Locke Foundation sponsored a lecture by one of North Carolina’s top hospital lobbyists, a self-professed fan of the free market, albeit with one big exception. The purpose of his presentation was to rebut a previous speaker, a physician […]

A referendum on state policy

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by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation, October 31, 2014. The election of 2014 will have widespread impacts. It will determine who will control the legislative branch, directly affect policy decisions (whether to repeal, replace, or renew earlier reforms), and set the stage of the 2016 election and beyond. I am talking, of course, about the […]

SPIN This Week – November 2

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss the elections, the House, the vote, and the last word from our panelists. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Brad Crone, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation, and Doug Raymond, Political Consultant. Air Times […]