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Plain Talk Today – Nov. 14, 2013

            This week: Radio: Wednesday morning 8:30 am NC Budget and Tax Center  Here is the show:11-13-13 Plain Talk Politics Wednesday at 10:15 Jeanne Bonds comments on the issues of the day with WPTF Wednesday 7 pm and midnight: NC Cap Tonight News 14 - Watch here: Affordable Care Act and Governor McCrory’s…

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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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Branding: Words Matter

          I have heard our new Governor mention a new brand or a re-brand for North Carolina half a dozen times now, including the “state of the State.” So, let’s talk branding. I have led re-branding for cities and organizations, including the quantitative and qualitative market and stakeholder research, evaluation and…

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Grading McCrory’s “State of the State”

        Liked: Let me say straight off the top that I liked two policy goals mentioned: cut the advertising, administrative costs of the lottery and apply money to kids and technology in education. The technology is needed and there’s a revenue stream to tap. And, the reinstatement of the Drug Treatment Courts.…