Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com A Product of the Insider State Government News Service Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:36:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 http://cappressnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/square_flag-150x150.png Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com 32 32 74645536 Colin Campbell: Legislature Bashes Cooper in Jerry Springer-Style Inquisition http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-legislature-bashes-cooper-jerry-springer-style-inquisition/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:55:50 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=873 RALEIGH — For a solid 30 minutes, it looked like state legislators might actually have a bill that everyone could support. House and Senate leaders held a press conference Thursday (Feb. 8) to announce they’d found a solution to mandated smaller elementary school class sizes. That’s the law that prompted widespread complaints from school superintendents who worried they’d have to...

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Colin Campbell: More Turbulence Ahead in Elections Board Battle? http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-turbulence-ahead-elections-board-battle/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:53:18 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=872 RALEIGH — We finally have a court ruling in Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal battle with Republican legislators over North Carolina’s elections board, but it looks like the fight’s not over yet. You might be scratching your head trying to remember the details of this dispute — Cooper has sued the legislature so many times I’ve lost count. So let’s hop...

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Colin Campbell: Uncertain 2018 Elections as Redistricting Battles Rage On http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-uncertain-2018-elections-redistricting-battles-rage/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:05:52 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=856 RALEIGH — Trying to make sense of all the redistricting action in North Carolina this month? Good luck with that. We’re now at a point where lawsuits and legislative actions have resulted in a scenario where most of the 2018 election contests are uncertain. You can run for office, but you won’t know for sure who your voters are. Congressional...

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Colin Campbell: NC’s Jobs Incentives Keep Getting Bigger http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-ncs-jobs-incentives-keep-getting-bigger/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:04:02 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=855 RALEIGH — North Carolina came up short again this month in its long-running quest to lure an automaker, but state leaders now have another economic development whale to hunt: Amazon has Raleigh on its list of 20 finalists for a new headquarters. With thousands of jobs at stake, lots of states are chasing the same whales, whether they’re major manufacturers...

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Colin Campbell: GenX Solutions Require a Scarce Commodity: Cooperation http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-genx-solutions-require-scarce-commodity-cooperation/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:00:46 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=854 RALEIGH — The state legislature’s one-day session on Jan. 10 turned out to be a failure, and a waste of the roughly $42,000 it costs to send lawmakers to Raleigh for a special session. When legislators set the date back in October, the plan was to redraw judicial districts or consider changing to a judicial appointment system. They blew their...

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