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Locke’s Terry Stoops analyzes proposal to restructure N.C. teacher pay

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, discusses a proposal to change the way North Carolina pays public school teachers. Stoops offered these comments during the Aug. 11, 2012, edition of Spectrum News 1’s “Capital Tonight.”

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House rejects Budd, Murphy amendments against new taxes on incomes under $400k

The "Inflation Reduction Act," which passed the U.S. Senate on Sunday, is up for a vote this week in the U.S. House, and the final version will not contain guarantees that those making under $400,000 per year will avoid any resulting new taxes. The House rejected amendments from two N.C. Republicans that would have limited new taxation to those earning more than $400,000.

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National GOP group supports Greens’ bid for ballot access

A national Republican group working to help elect Ted Budd to the U.S. Senate is urging the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject Democrats’ efforts to keep the Green Party off North Carolina’s election ballot. The National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a motion Thursday in Richmond to submit a friend-of-the-court brief. The brief...

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Stein to appeal ruling against him in challenge of N.C. law against campaign lies

Lawyers for N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein and two other plaintiffs plan to appeal this week’s ruling against them in U.S. District Court. They want federal courts to throw out a 1931 state criminal law against campaign lies. The one-sentence notice of appeal arrived Wednesday in the federal court.

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Federal judge rejects Democrats’ request, questions their role in Greens’ ballot battle

Democratic groups attempting to block the N.C. Green Party from the state’s election ballot “do not appear in this court with clean hands.” That’s the assessment of U.S. District Judge James Dever. He issued an order Wednesday denying Democrats’ request that he block — or stay — his own Aug. 5 ruling placing Green Party candidates on the general election ballot.

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses bill to help vets harmed by burn pits

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses a bill on Capitol Hill to help military veterans suffering from exposure to toxic chemicals. Kokai offered these comments during the Aug. 5, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Carolina Journal’s Donna King discusses Tillis’ response to a same-sex marriage bill

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ response to a bill on Capitol Hill to scrap the federal Defense of Marriage Act. King offered these comments during the July 29, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses latest signs of economic recession

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the latest evidence of an American economic recession. Kokai offered these comments during the July 29, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Extreme Injustice: Superintendent Catherine Truitt On The Importance Of Parental Feedback, Season 2, Ep. 5

In this episode, hosts David Bass and Donna King are joined by N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt to discuss a new parent advisory committee that seeks to get feedback on creating an education system that works for everyone.  Like what you hear? Hit subscribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn...

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Extreme Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here? Pt. II, Season 2, Ep. 4

Hosts David Bass and Donna King are again joined by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation to discuss solutions to learning loss for K-12 students, including expanded school choice.  Like what you hear? Hit subsribe and don’t miss another episode of Extreme Injustice. Learn more at ExtremeInjustice.com.

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Extreme Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here? Pt. I, Season 2, Ep. 3

For the past two episodes, we’ve explored the academic, social, and mental health consequences of school shutdowns. So what about solutions? In this episode, hosts David Bass and Donna King are joined by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation to discuss a pathway forward.  Like what you hear? Hit subsribe and don’t miss...

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N.C. profiled for having among best rainy-day funds in the U.S.

North Carolina was profiled in a recent Pewtrusts.org article as one of five states that uses a “budget stress test” to determine how much money should be set aside in its rainy-day fund to avert a future crisis such as a recession or major disaster like a hurricane.

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All sides in Leandro agree: They need more time to argue before N.C. Supreme Court

There’s one point of unanimous agreement among the competing parties in the Leandro school funding lawsuit. They all want more time to argue before the N.C. Supreme Court this month. Oral arguments are scheduled Aug. 31. A joint application filed Thursday asks the court to extend its traditional one-hour oral argument session by 30 minutes....

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Phonics-based reading is helping kids catch up in post-pandemic classrooms

North Carolina comes out on top nationwide as the state catching up the fastest with early reading skills post-pandemic, according to N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. She made the announcement Tuesday at the N.C. Council of State meeting.

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Judge says case for blocking Green Party candidates now moot after NCSBE decision

he final step in the N.C. Green Party's journey to be on the state's 2022 ballots may be in sight, as Judge James Dever, the federal judge overseeing the NCGP's lawsuit against the N.C. State Board of Elections, released an order Monday signaling the case was made "moot" by the NCSBE's decision to certify the Greens as a party.

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NC Elections Board approves Green Party for 2022 midterms

After a long back-and-forth battle on whether there were enough valid signatures on the N.C. Green Party's petition to become a recognized party in the 2022 midterms, the N.C. Board of Elections determined that, while there was some fraud by certain collectors, the fraudulent signatures were not enough to push the Green Party below the number of signatures needed.

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Green Party says Democrats used tricks to block them from ballot

The North Carolina Green Party had its petition to be recognized as an official party in state elections denied, in a 3-2 party-line vote, at the N.C. State Board of Elections on June 30. But the NCGP is crying foul, alleging the Elias Law Group — a powerful firm used by national Democrats, which was also successful in getting North Carolina's election maps thrown out — used lying, bullying, and harassment to influence the decision.

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