Category: Tyler Cralle

Fiscal Responsibility
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Fiscal Responsibility

John Hood wrote a great piece that the Wilmington Star News actually published (I know!).  It explained how great of a position North Carolina is in financially… North Carolina’s leaders have proven to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. A new report from the state controller’s office showed that over the first three quarters of...

Poor Teachers
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Poor Teachers

With midterm elections almost 6 months away this unfavorable teacher salary data was inevitable… North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation for average teacher pay, according to estimates released Monday by the National Education Association. The estimate may be revised later based on updated data. Last year, NEA first estimated that North Carolina was 35th in...

Solid Fiscal Footing
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Solid Fiscal Footing

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported on many states unpreparedness for an economic downturn… That challenge exists across the country: Low unemployment has led to a recovery in state unemployment funds, but the recovery is mixed and incomplete. State unemployment trust fund reserves hit $55.2 billion last year, up substantially from $9.5 billion in 2010....

Crazy Dems are Back
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Crazy Dems are Back

Crazy Dems Are Back We talked about LaWana Mayfield’s crazy belief that 9/11 was a controlled demolition last week.  Well, this weekend, she was on WCNC’s “Flashpoint” and wanted to clarify that she is, in fact, a nutjob… Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield apologized on the WCNC show “Flashpoint” for “the hurt and pain”...

Duke Monopoly
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Duke Monopoly

Duke is looking for some major coin to upgrade their grid and clean up coal ash.  Since they only make money charging consumers for energy, get ready for the rate hike… A $13 billion electric grid upgrade would boost Duke Energy electric rates in North Carolina well beyond the 16.7 percent base rate increase the...

With Protests, Size Matters…Or Does It
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With Protests, Size Matters…Or Does It

I always assumed that when it came to protests size matters.  The more people at the protest the bigger the issue.  However, when it comes to an issue a certain paper has been instrumental in pushing it’s more about the motion of the ocean than the size of the boat. Exhibit A.  The Wilmington Star...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps

Less than two weeks after the 4th circuit court ruled North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutional.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made an almost identical ruling about their states congressional districts,,, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates” the state constitution and must be redrawn in the next...

Thom Goolsby Talks Board Of Governor’s Controversy
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Thom Goolsby Talks Board Of Governor’s Controversy

Senator Thom Goolsby joined me on my radio show this morning to talk about the recent controversy surrounding the Board of Governors and a planned partnership between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare Systems.  He argued he had similar concerns that were raised by fellow board member, Tom Fetzer, about the legality and possible consequences...

SCOTUS Delays Congressional Map Redistricting
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SCOTUS Delays Congressional Map Redistricting

I can’t imagine anyone is surprised by this decision… The court granted a request from North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders to put the lower court’s ruling on hold. The decision was not unexpected, because generally, the Supreme Court is reluctant to require the drawing of new districts before it has had a chance to review a...