Author: Francis De Luca

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…

 

DC GOP Establishment Flops in NC

In a race that saw big outside money spent by “independent groups,” the Washington establishment suffered a defeat. I am not talking about the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate race to face Sen. Kay Hagan, which, by the end, was not really competitive; I am talking about the 3rd…

 

NC Supreme Court Race Displays Blowback from Voting Changes

A race for the state Supreme Court is highlighting how changes in judicial elections may come back to bite the Democratic Party and the high court justice who once benefited from the changes. If Justice Robin Hudson is unseated in this year’s elections, it might be because of the unintended…

 

Civitas Poll Spotlights Partisan Divide

March 25, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099   Francis.deluca@nccivitas.org RALEIGH – Two new Civitas flash polls (Conducted by SurveyUSA) – one of Republican primary voters (both registered Republicans and registered unaffiliated voters who say they will vote in the GOP primary) and one of Democrats (both…

 

Why conservatives, too, should crave open government

The following article was adapted from an oped published today in the News & Observer. Newspapers, activists and all who care about open government recently celebrated “Sunshine Week.” Now it’s time for North Carolina conservatives to make 2014 Sunshine Year. People across the spectrum profess the importance of open records,…

 

What UNC’s Poverty Center Was Hiding

A public records request filed by the Civitas Institute confirms that the UNC Poverty Center continues to use publicly funded resources for blatantly political activities in ways that are inappropriate, violate UNC policies, and possibly illegal. Email records show that the center – formally the UNC Center for Poverty, Work,…

 

Civitas Supports the 2nd Amendment

Dear Friend, I am writing to reassure you that there is no connection whatsoever between the Civitas Institute and a newspaper chain that reportedly was planning to create a nationwide database of people with legal permits to carry concealed firearms. The confusion cropped up because the name of this newspaper…

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