Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com A Product of the Insider State Government News Service Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:52:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://cappressnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/square_flag-150x150.png Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com 32 32 74645536 Colin Campbell: The Real Policy Questions Behind Confusing Constitutional Amendments http://cappressnc.com/columns/colin-campbell-the-real-policy-questions-behind-confusing-constitutional-amendments/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:49:21 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=911 RALEIGH — There’s a lot of bad information going around about the six constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot. The questions on your ballot were written by legislators who want them to sound as enticing as possible. They’re like the ads for $99 plane tickets that fail to mention baggage and other add-on fees. One of the questions will ask...

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Colin Campbell: Flood Insurance Rules Failed Florence Victims http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-flood-insurance-rules-failed-florence-victims/ Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:22:58 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=905 TRENTON — A few days after Hurricane Florence, home and business owners in Jones County began an unpleasant task: Cleaning out soggy, smelly flooded buildings and piling their merchandise, furniture and personal belongings outside on the curb. In an ideal world, filing an insurance claim would replace what’s lost and get life back to normal in Trenton and Pollocksville, two...

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Colin Campbell: Utility Woes Endanger NC’s Small Towns http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-utility-woes-endanger-ncs-small-towns/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:26:32 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=906 RALEIGH — What would you do if your utility bill for water and sewer increased to $500 per month? You’d probably end up selling your house at a loss and moving out of town. And while it might seem like a wild hypothetical, it’s a possibility in the tiny Columbus County town of Cerro Gordo, according to a study presented...

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Colin Campbell: Hurricane Could Hurt Turnout, Shift Election Dynamics http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-hurricane-could-hurt-turnout-shift-election-dynamics/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:28:26 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=907 RALEIGH – With so much attention rightfully focused on Hurricane Florence and its terrible aftermath in North Carolina, it’s easy to forget that there’s an election just over a month away. For a few days at least, politics took a time out. Both political parties used their platforms to post storm safety information. A few candidates announced they’d suspend their...

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Colin Campbell: To Recover From Florence, NC Must Learn From Hurricane Matthew Mistakes http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-to-recover-from-florence-nc-must-learn-from-hurricane-matthew-mistakes/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:32:10 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=908 RALEIGH — If recent history is any guide, we’ll still be hearing about the Hurricane Florence recovery effort well into 2020. The recovery from Hurricane Matthew — which flooded large parts of Eastern North Carolina in October 2016 — was still creeping along as Florence hit the state. Just a week before Florence, Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration announced the hiring...

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