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    Increasing healthcare options is a good thing

    One of the most noticeable results of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was that it severely limited choices for those who buy insurance through the individual market. For the most part, it limited the ability of insurers to offer plans with different benefits. Many who purchase their insurance…
    Jordan Roberts, October 30, 2018
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    2018 midterms–‘The future of western Democracy is at stake.’

    So said a panelist at last night’s News & Observer “Community Voices” forum at the N.C. Museum of History: “The future of western Democracy is at stake,” said David McLennan, political science professor at Meredith College. He claimed…
    Sam Hieb, October 30, 2018
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    Charlotte Observer reluctantly endorses $223m in city bond referendums

    In today’s lead editorial the Charlotte Observer reluctantly endorses $223 million in bond referendums on the November ballot. One is for $50 million toward affordable housing: Let’s tackle the trickiest one first. The City Council is asking voters to authorize $50 million for investments in affordable housing through the…
    Sam Hieb, October 26, 2018
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    NC tax cap amendment part of national anti-tax midterm trend

    North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment to lower the cap on income taxes in this Bloomberg article on the efforts by many states to lower taxes via measures on the November midterm ballot. In North Carolina, the measure to lower the constitutional cap on the personal income-tax rate to…
    Sam Hieb, October 25, 2018
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    Some needed historical perspective on NC gov’t

    From Rhino editor John Hammer, who focuses on two of the six proposed amendments to the N.C. constitution—the ones that ostensibly “represent an attempt by the Republican legislature to usurp power from the Democratic governor…” Bottom line, according to Hammer—“so even if the constitutional amendments pass, Gov. Roy Cooper…
    Sam Hieb, October 25, 2018
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    Mental health in America

    Stat News recently ran an interesting article that offers a somber detail of the state of mental health in America. As if the healthcare industry isn’t complex enough — the intersection of mental health and physical health is presenting new issues…
    Jordan Roberts, October 22, 2018
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    Star power in ad for victims rights constitutional amendment

    None other than Kelsey Grammer—of ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier’ fame (and most recently in the Amazon series ‘The Last Tycoon’) speaks out in favor of the proposed N.C. victims’ rights constitutional amendment. Watch the ad below–Grammer explains his very personal reasons for supporting the amendment.
    Sam Hieb, October 22, 2018
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    And Speaking of Startups…

    The Wall Street Journal reports, “Saudi Money Flows Into Silicon Valley—and With It Qualms. The kingdom is now the largest single investor for U.S. startups, an unsettling fact for Silicon Valley.” The report continues: As international backlash grows over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the…
    Jon Guze, October 21, 2018