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February 2018

NC IOPL Alumni Continuing Education – “The Liberal and Conservative Mind”

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
John Locke Foundation, 200 W. Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC United States
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Chris Fitzsimon, Political Consultant and Director of The Newsroom, and John Hood, President of the John William Pope Foundation, lead this discussion, intended to broaden one's understanding of the foundations of both conservative and liberal thinking that underlie electoral politics in the US. They will also discuss the role of "think tanks" and share some information about their organizations. Click to Register - "The Liberal and Conservative Mind"

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March 2018

Spring Fellows – Weekend Five

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1400 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412 United States
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In politics, as well as any public service environment, the role of the media is critical. We hear too much about adversarial relationships between the press and those in public service. Big mistake! They need you, and you need them! Developing healthy and respectful relationships with the press is essential to having candidates and their issues presented accurately. On Friday evening, we will hear a panel of media professionals talk about “How to Work with the Media”. We have representatives…

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Spring Fellows – Weekend Five

March 3 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
WKRR/WKZL-FM, 192 E. Lewis Street
Greensboro, 27406
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                  We will be at the studio of WKKR/WKZL-FM in Greensboro, where each Fellow will be the subject of a radio talk show interview and interviewed as a candidate by a radio talk show host. The format is very much in line with what you can expect as a candidate, and the idea is to familiarize you with a common form of communication in the political campaign and to prepare you to…

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Spring Fellows – Weekend Six

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our sixth weekend begins with Ralph Mitchell.  Ralph is Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Nehemiah—The Leadership Company.  He will lead us in a thought-provoking and perhaps not always a comfortable exploration of diversity and politics in North Carolina.  This session will touch on some of the most difficult and potentially sensitive areas in contemporary American politics.  Some of the exercises will force you to make tough choices and to articulate your views and why you have them.  The…

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Spring Fellows – Weekend Six

March 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Chip Scholz will lead us in his session on “Vision and Values.” He will ask you to examine what your vision is for yourself in public service and how it is impacted by your personal values. In the afternoon, the Fellows will join the Leadership Council for their annual meeting and luncheon, and welcome Dr. Omar Ali, Dean of the International Honors School at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As we know, the unaffiliated voter or “Independent” is…

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NC IOPL Alumni Continuing Education – “Polling”

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
High Point University, 1 University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268 United States
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This module is led by Martin Kifer, Associate Professor and Director of the HPU Survey Research Center. Polling is both art and science, Martin will lead us through some of the “science” of polling, and then through some of the artful and strategic applications to the current political climate. There are many pitfalls in a complex campaign environment. Too much or too little reliance on polling represent additional pitfalls. The understanding of polling—even if only a basic understanding will make…

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September 2018

Hometown Debates: Change process to fill judiciary vacancies

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meroney Theatre, 213 S Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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Our 2018 series will feature four of the proposed six amendments to the state Constitution. Once again, the debates will be moderated by Loretta Boniti from Spectrum News. Panelists will include elected officials and public policy leaders. - September 25 in Salisbury at the Meroney Theatre - Change process to fill judiciary vacancies

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October 2018

Hometown Debates: Require voters to present a picture ID before voting

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts of the Pamilco Historic Turnage Theatre, 150 West Main Street
Washington, NC 27889 United States
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Our 2018 series will feature four of the proposed six amendments to the state Constitution. Once again, the debates will be moderated by Loretta Boniti from Spectrum News. Panelists will include elected officials and public policy leaders. October 3 in Washington at the Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre – Require voters to present a picture ID before voting  

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Hometown Debates: Increase legislative control over appointments to bipartisan elections and ethics board

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Clayton center, 111 East 2nd Street
Clayton, NC 27520 United States
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Our 2018 series will feature four of the proposed six amendments to the state Constitution. Once again, the debates will be moderated by Loretta Boniti from Spectrum News. Panelists will include elected officials and public policy leaders. October 9 in Clayton at the Clayton Center – Increase legislative control over appointments to bipartisan elections and ethics board

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Hometown Debates: Lower the constitutional cap on the state income tax rate from 10% to 7%

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gastonia Conference Center, 145 M=Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Way
Gastonia, NC 28052 United States
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Our 2018 series will feature four of the proposed six amendments to the state Constitution. Once again, the debates will be moderated by Loretta Boniti from Spectrum News. Panelists will include elected officials and public policy leaders. October 16 Gastonia at the Gastonia Conference Center – Lower the constitutional cap on the state income tax rate from 10% to 7%

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