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Who gets counted in the 2020 census?

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Rebecca Tippett, Carolina Demography Center, February 8, 2019. Counting all residents is a complex undertaking. Who is counted? And how does the Census Bureau capture unique populations, such as the homeless or military personnel? These questions, and more, were asked last week at “Making NC Count,” the first statewide convening by the NC Counts […]

Emerging Issues Forum discusses reconnecting North Carolina

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Sarah Glova, RioT, published in WRAL TechWire, February 12, 2019. Leaders from across North Carolina joined the ReCONNECT NC forum on Monday in Raleigh. The forum was presented by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues, with the theme “ReCONNECT Rural & Urban.” The event’s afternoon sessions highlighted community initiatives across North Carolina […]

North Carolina teachers: How frustrated are they?

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, February 11, 2019. Teachers are a frustrated lot. So, we’re constantly told by vocal leaders of organizations like the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and Red4EdNC, who tell us they represent the interests of teachers. North Carolinians clearly saw that frustration at a rally in Raleigh last May. Some […]

A national emergency declaration to build a wall would set precedent

| February 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Brad Crone, Communications consultant and NC SPIN panelist,  February 11, 2019. Gun control advocates are hoping and praying the President will declare a national emergency to get funding for the Mexican wall.  The folks who are pushing for tighter restrictions on hand-guns and gun access believe that a national emergency declaration by the President […]

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Reverend Williams Barber, Poor People’s Campaign, published in the Washington Post, February 7, 2019. The Rev. William J. Barber II is president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Following news that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s social life in the mid-1980s included parties […]

Senator Phil Berger is just plain wrong

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, February 12, 2019. There’s an old maxim in American politics, usually attributed to former U.S. Senator and Nixon administration cabinet secretary Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.” Would that Moynihan were still alive today […]

Growth still drives worker pay

| February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, February 11, 2019. If the most important factor determining the welfare of workers is the growth rate of the economy, that has policy implications that free-market conservatives, among others, will welcome. Real, long-term economic growth is about investment, about both the amount invested and how skillfully […]

After SPIN! Video -“What Didn’t You Get To Say? Joe Mavretic discusses his concerns about the DMV decision to move to Rocky Mount.”

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the February 8th program: In this video Joe Mavretic discusses his concerns about the DMV decision to move to Rocky Mount.

After SPIN! Video – “What Didn’t You Get To Say? Tamara Barringer discusses the problems with the current child welfare system in North Carolina.”

| February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the February 8th program: In this video Tamara Barringer discusses the problems with the current child welfare system in North Carolina.

After SPIN! Video – “Did the Freedom Caucus hurt Republicans in Congress?”

| February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question to John and Chris – Former 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger wrote an unusual op ed column for the Charlotte and Raleigh newspapers. In his stinging farewell message he lashed out at fellow Congressman Mark Meadows and the Freedom Caucus, claiming that group was responsible for killing the health care legislation and […]