The Last #NCSPIN of 2014

NCSPIN Upside DownThe video of the last NC Spin of the year has been posted.

Part truthiness and part chuckle-worthy.


Line up for the final NC Spin of 2014 was:

  • Brad Crone, Political Consultant
  • Becki Gray, Columnist, Carolina Journal
  • Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch
  • John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation
  • Tom Campbell, Moderator

Full Video Link.

Highlights and take-aways:

  • Beginning topic: Coal ash was a big deal. It’s bad. It’s a bill citizens will ultimately foot.
  • According to Gray, we’re still a purple state despite holding Republican majorities all over the place.
  • Medicaid is a big deal. It’s a fight about money.
  • Unaffilitated, white voters killed Democrats in the election according to Crone. Especially the rural unaffiliated voters. Possible Subtexts: Racists white voters beat us. How do Democrats further capitalize on low info unaffiliated voters? 
  • Fitzsimon nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to salvage the Moral Monday voter suppression theme after John Hood savaged it with … facts.
  • Crone laments that Democrats were ‘beat over the head with Obama‘ all over the state.
  • John Hood tried to break down Common Core opposition. Hood also says the Dept. of Public Instruction is not trusted — also, the sky is blue. He then advocates for taking part of Common Core in the ongoing re-write. This is bad advice; it ignores the standards are copyrighted.  After you listen to what he said, read this and realize his answer on NC SPIN is informed by being part of it.
  • Wainstein report. Fitzsimon calls it a ‘serious black eye’ and that college sports are a ‘charade’.
  • NC SPIN person of the year nominations:
    Gray: Thom Tillis
    Fitzsimon: Phil Berger
    Hood: Dan Kane (N&O reporter who broke UNC scandal) and Mary Willingham (Source for UNC story)
    Crone: Thom Tillis

    Names from other panelists on past shows:
    Howard Coble




About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is the former Co-Founder and Managing Editor at American Lens. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of Her past writing can also be found at IJ review, Breitbart, FOX news, Da Tech Guy Blog, Heartland Institute, Civitas Institute and Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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