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Where do we go from here?

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Executive Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, October 20, 2016. Wherever you go the overwhelming sentiment is that people can’t wait until this election is over. Psychologists are calling this “Election Stress Disorder.” While November 8th will clarify who wins and loses we would be naïve to believe it all ends after the […]

McCrory at best in hurricane response

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, October 21, 2016. By what we’ve read and learned from talking with people who were in areas hit especially hard by Hurricane Matthew, the state response has been top-notch. Gov. Pat McCrory, his staff, agencies and thousands of state workers deserve credit for a job well done. It would be easy […]

Breaking down 2012 to forecast 2016 turnout

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Michael Bitzer,, October 18, 2016. As we enter the homestretch of the 2016 election, much attention will turn from the horse race (i.e., the polls) to the turnout race. Much will be made about what kind of electorate will show up, based on racial dynamics, age, gender, and, from what seems like […]

Who will be election’s biggest loser?

| October 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

by Dr. Ada Fisher, Republican National Committeewoman, published in Salisbury Post, October 20, 2016. Win, lose or draw, there are some clear losers in the 2016 presidential campaign, many not thought of in that regard. First are the U.S. citizens who have been fed so much candidate misinformation that it is hard to figure out […]

Judge Howard Manning steps away from Leandro

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Melissa Broughton, NC Policy Watch, October 20, 2016. Judge Howard Manning will no longer oversee Leandro v. State, the landmark education lawsuit that he has presided over for nearly 20 years. Manning made a request to be removed from the case, and Chief Justice Mark Martin reassigned it on Oct. 7 to Emergency Superior Court […]

Such a nasty man

| October 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, October 20, 2016. Donald Trump soundly defeated Donald Trump last night. For a while at the start, Republicans had reason to hope he would arrest the free fall. Then Trump slipped out of his handlers’ leash. Or the drugs wore off. And again we saw the real Donald Trump. […]

Defined by the legislature

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, October 19, 2016. The emails that the governor’s office released to the Charlotte Observer this week show, once again, Pat McCrory’s lack of political skills. While McCrory has been vigorous in his defense of House Bill 2, despite its negative effect on his re-election, emails show that he opposed the bill and fought […]

Cooper fumbles badly

| October 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mark Shiver, Capitol Connection, October 19, 2016. The following is a column by Mark Shiver, host of “What Matters in North Carolina” Attorney General Roy Cooper fumbled badly Tuesday night. The final debate between candidates in the race to be North Carolina’s governor was held at the studios of WRAL, and featured Gov. Pat […]

Deposition: Controversial coal ash wording came from Governor’s office

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 20, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory’s communication office directed state health officials to use the controversial language telling well owners near coal ash pits that their wells met federal standards despite objections from a state scientist, according to a deposition released Thursday. In her sworn statement, Department of Health and Human Services […]

Emails show McCrory wary of both Charlotte ordinance, HB2

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 19, 2016. The day before the Charlotte City Council passed its controversial nondiscrimination ordinance on Feb. 22, Gov. Pat McCrory called the effort “misguided” and warned it would cause an immediate reaction from the state legislature. “(C)hanging basic long-established values and norms of access to public restrooms is misguided and […]