Author: Francis De Luca

Free to choose: Union members have the right to leave

Free to choose: Union members have the right to leave

Imagine talking with a friend who tells you that he’s been forced to support the Duke basketball team for the past five years, even though he doesn’t like the Blue Devils. He’d much rather be a fan of the University of North Carolina, but he doesn’t think he has a…

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Pat Hensley bristles at being called a politician, and until her June retirement she held a supposedly nonpartisan position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Catawba County Schools. But Hensley acted like a veteran politician when she and her supporters used the county school system and their school connections…

 

Civitas Poll Highlights NC Voters’ Mood

Aug. 14, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099       Francis.deluca@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll sheds light on the concerns of registered North Carolina voters in this election year. The live-caller poll of 600 registered North Carolina voters took place July 28-29, 2014, and had…

 

NC Up for Grabs in 2016 GOP White House Run

Aug. 6, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099       Francis.deluca@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll of registered North Carolina Republican and unaffiliated voters indicates the 2016 GOP presidential race is wide open. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the choice of 16 percent; New Jersey…

 

Tillis Retakes Lead over Hagan in 1-on-1 Matchup

Aug. 5, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099       Francis.deluca@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll showed that House Speaker Thom Tillis has edged back into the lead in a head-to-head matchup with Sen. Kay Hagan in the U.S. Senate race. When voters were asked about…

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Time to Slow Down the Runaway Solar Train

Trains are notoriously hard to slow down – even when we need them to. North Carolina’s solar subsidies, some of the most generous in the nation, are sort of like a runaway train that just keeps moving forward. Maybe now is the time to tap the brakes. With the intention…

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

Why Charter School Salaries Should Be Secret

One quality that makes charter and private schools effective in educating children is their ability to operate efficiently. Part of that efficiency comes from the freedom charter schools enjoy to pay teachers according to how the school values the teacher – not by some arcane schedule of what teachers should…

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

It has been said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” That should be the guiding principle for all legislative sessions: convene, get the work done and go home. I think 2014’s short session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be quick…

 

Civitas Action Releases 2013 State Legislative Rankings

RALEIGH – Civitas Action has released its annual Conservative Effectiveness Ranking of North Carolina state lawmakers for the 2013 legislative session. Scores suggest that the Senate was more conservative than the House last year, with more than half of the Senate members earning an “A”, while no House members garnered…

 

Civitas Poll: Tillis Leading Hagan

RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll shows state House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate, leading Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in the race for the U.S. Senate. Tillis leads Hagan 39 percent to 36 percent, with Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh the choice of 8 percent of the 600 registered…

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