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The latest NC Policy Watch Carolina Issues Poll is out and, once again, the notion being spread by the Pope-Civitas/Real Distortions crowd that North Carolinians have given up on public education is shown to be, in a word, “baloney.”

As today’s poll shows, people like their schools a lot; they’re just worried about them and think we need to invest more to make them work better. 

No wonder the distorters are launching their strange and silly billboard tour tomorrow to go along with their gazillion dollar TV ad campaign (and still refusing to say who is paying for the whole mess); they know the public is lining up against them and Tea Party Thom Tillis and are madly searching for a way out of the political hole they’ve dug.  

 

 

Screen Shot 2012-04-05 at 12.32.43 PM.png(Cross-posted from Progresss NC)

As Progress NC has previously reported, the TV ads sponsored by the extreme conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and the Civitas Institute are full of lies and distortions about state budget cuts to education. The Charlotte Observer called the NC Real Solutions ads “egregious” as they deny the plainly obvious cuts to education in the state budget. 

Conservatives know that their cuts to education are terribly unpopular and this is their attempt to muddy the waters. They aren’t fooling anyone. Read More

In a document entitled “Real solutions require real facts,” the experts at the N.C. Budget and Tax Center shined more light today on the numerous distortions found in the new half-million dollar ad campaign financed by the Pope-Civtas Institute and Americans for Prosperity.

It’s definitely one of today’s “must reads.” Click here for more information.

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As any regular and honest reader of NC Policy Watch can attest, our websites are no hotbeds of liberal love for Governor Perdue. Through the years, it’s fair to say that she’s goten mixed reviews in our various publications. Though we’ve praised her performance many times, we’ve also given her heck on multiple occasions.

Today’s attacks on the Governor by Art Pope camp, however, for her very understated criticisms of its blatantly dishonest ads about public education deserve a response. Put simply: the Pope people are taking cheap shots at the Guv. Here’s why:

According to the Pope people, Perdue has no right to criticize them because she signed a budget in 2009 that cut education funding. How dare she criticize them now, say the Pope-sters, for doing what she did herself?

As we noted back in January, however, this is an absurd comparison. As we noted then: Read More