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Happy birthday, America

| July 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, July 3, 2015. Here are the first few and the last paragraphs of the Declaration adopted 239 years ago today. In Congress, July 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the […]

Fixing our annual budget crisis

| July 3, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, July 3,2015. Few are surprised our legislature came up to the deadline to pass a new state budget and was forced to pass a continuing resolution. It’s a regular occurrence. Fewer still have raised questions why and how this happens or what we could do to […]

Wanted, a good budget deal in Raleigh

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, published in Burlington Times-News,  July 2, 2015. The state of North Carolina has begun its 2015-16 fiscal year with a continuing resolution instead of a budget. While it would have been better if lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory had inked a formal budget by now, […]

“Just who do we think we are?”

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, July 2, 2015. That’s the anguished question Chief Justice John Roberts asked in his dissent to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.  He wrote: “…the Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the […]

No excuses left not to expand Medicaid

| July 3, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, July 2, 2015. In case Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders haven’t heard, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. The Supreme Court made sure of that last week by rejecting an absurd claim that Congress didn’t intend for the law to provide subsidies […]

Adams, Jefferson and the Fourth of July

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, July 2, 2015. One of the great stories in our country’s history is the relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were two of the American Revolution’s intellectuals and political theorists. Their writings and thoughts helped shape the principles on which the country was founded and guided the structure […]

Tillis steps up again

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, July 3, 2014. Thom Tillis distinguished himself as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives by advancing legislation to compensate victims of the state’s eugenics program. Documented survivors are receiving payments of $20,000 each, a small but tangible acknowledgment of the outrageous crime committed against them. Although then-Gov. Mike Easley issued […]

NC SPIN episode # 870 – Air Date 7/5/15

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch this week’s NC SPIN as panelists discuss Education Spending, The 2016 Elections, Campaign Finance Problems and Tell Us Something We Don’t Know. Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director, NC Policy Watch John Hood, Syndicated Columnist Howard Lee, former Senator, Chair State Board of Ed Doug Raymond, Political Consultant Tom Campbell, Moderator

Why democracy needs higher education

| July 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Michael Behrens, professor at Appalachian State University, published in NC Policy Watch, July 2, 2015 The defunding of public higher education currently underway across the country is troubling for many reasons. It is more than just bad policy: gutting public higher education weakens the democratic principles upon which our society is founded—specifically, liberty, equality, […]

Civitas survey: Voters support traditional marriage

| July 2, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Civitas Institute, June, 29, 2015. In the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, a recent Civitas Poll of North Carolina voters shows that two-thirds of them still support the traditional view of marriage. Sixty-four percent of voters supported the clause in the North Carolina Constitution that defines marriage as being between one man […]