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REMEMBER WHEN?

Remember when Republican Jim Holshouser was elected governor in 1972? And when Democrats gave Democrat Lieutenant Governor Jim Hunt new power to check Holshouser? Remember when the Democrats gave Hunt the power to succeed himself, gave Hunt the veto they denied Republican Jim Martin, and let Hunt pack the Court of Appeals? Remember when Republican […]

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VIDEO SHOWS WHY MEDICAID BELONGS WITH TREASURER

This video shows Roy Cooper promising to expand Medicaid. You won’t hear a word about the billions in matching funds the state will have to pay for Medicaid expansion or how other programs like education can get hurt so single, childless, able bodied adults who don’t work can get free healthcare at taxpayers expense. Now […]

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STOP THE PURGE

Those with a long memory will recall 1977, when Democrat Jim Hunt took over from the first Republican Governor in nearly 100 years, Jim Holshouser. Betty McCain, Hunt’s campaign chair, famously said, “Fire the culprits.” The “culprits” were Republicans who had managed to get state jobs under Holshouser after being blackballed for years under the […]

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12 REFORMS

CPR has been working on a conservative reform-themed 12 Days of Christmas. Until we put it in jingle form, here are 12 reforms the Legislature should pass: A Constitutional Amendment freezing income and sales tax rates. A Constitutional Amendment rebating half of budget surpluses to taxpayers and saving half. A Constitutional Amendment on school choice […]

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OVERSEE STEIN

Although the media have made little of it, Josh Stein’s law firm got $600,000 from the federal government to oversee a National Mortgage Settlement with banks. And of course, the more money going to Stein, the less money going to people really hurt by mortgage fraud. Besides Josh Stein, where else did bank settlement money […]

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NCDHHS SCREWS UP MEDICAID AGAIN. TRANSFER IT.

Whatever happened to Medicaid reform? The Legislature passed it. Off it went to NCDHHS. Anyone heard anything since? The Program Evaluation Division recently documented more bureaucratic constipation at NCDHHS. They examined the ineffective work of the Medicaid Program Integrity unit. NCDHHS is a ninety pound weakling when it comes to fighting Medicaid fraud. While Federal […]

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WHEN ROY COOPER REJIGGERED THE COURT

Once upon a time, there was a State Senator named Roy Cooper. He was the Democrat Majority Leader and a faithful yes man in Governor Hunt’s machine. In 1998, voters chose a Republican Supreme Court and it was quite possible voters were going to send conservative judges to the Court of Appeals in November of […]

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THE ATKINSON PRECEDENT

With 60,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted, Roy Cooper leads Pat McCrory 48.97% to 48.86%-a 4,979 vote lead out of 4,659,874 total votes. An unprecedented cliffhanger? Nope. As Yogi Berra would say, it’s just deja vu all over again. In 2004, Democrat June Atkinson led Republican Bill Fletcher for Superintendent of Public Instruction by […]

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