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Where are we now North Carolina?

Where are we now NC? A few weeks ago I wrote in the New York Times that North Carolinians were so distracted by legislation they had no time to focus on what may be coming in a state budget. Our state struggles with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the U.S., high unemployment in rural areas, contrasted…

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“Conservative” divisions and outside influence culminate in renewable energy debate

          The divisions and internal battles of the NCGOP in the House are alive and well, evidenced in the high profile fight over the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. First, we were to believe Rep. Mike Hager was introducing the repeal of the renewable energy portfolio standard “RPS” for his former…

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100 Days and Counting

            Governor Pat McCrory’s first 100 days in office have been largely uneventful, except for a few highlighted, loosely-worded interviews, press dodges and misspeaks. Large raises for his cabinet, loosely phrased expressions about education, several pre-announcement videos and some plans lacking specific details against an ever-spoken desire to “rebrand North…

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Short-sighted politics threatens to unravel Renewable Energy in NC

The triple threat -Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity and the John Locke Foundation – are all coming together in a “save the day” siege on the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) with their usual loose language combined with rhetoric and half the story. They are predicting that there will be a play for…