Author: Francis De Luca

  • Civitas Poll Spotlights Partisan Divide

    March 25, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 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 registered Democrats and registered unaffiliateds […]

  • 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, transparent government and the people’s […]

  • 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, & Opportunity – hosted an […]

  • 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 group is Civitas Media, and […]

  • Portrait of a Hit Piece

    Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program called “North Carolina: Battleground State.” […]

  • Transparency and the Ivory Tower

    As the old saying goes, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” But some North Carolina professors have decided that they are neither goose nor gander. In a letter delivered to Gov. McCrory this week, university professors affiliated with a group called Scholars for North Carolina’s Future wrote: …we call on [Gov. […]

  • Academic Freedom or Shrill Partisanship?

    Gene Nichol, a UNC Law School professor, goes over the top in his invective. By Francis X. DeLuca and Jane S. Shaw (Editor’s note: This article is being simultaneously posted on the Civitas Institute and the Pope Center for Higher Education websites. On October 21 it was updated with a note about Nichol’s wife’s salary.) In […]

  • Let the Reader Beware: NC Health News’ Political Agenda

    Hidden agendas can be dangerous, particularly when the goal is to influence public opinion with political attacks in the guise of impartial journalism. Recently, a supposedly “independent, not-for-profit news organization” has stepped into the public arena. NC Health News promises to “provide crucial information about health care in North Carolina,” but few people realize that […]

  • Money Monday, Not Moral Monday

    Liberal protesters at the General Assembly have been claiming they are acting in the name of morality, but a new Civitas study shows the role played by money – more than $100 million in state funds.

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Favor Tax Reform

    July 2, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Poll shows that North Carolina voters favor tax reform – especially in the form of tax cuts. Nearly seven out of 10 (69 percent) said the state needs tax reform. Virtually the same percentage (68 percent) agreed […]

  • Civitas Poll: Obama, Hagan and McCrory Post Favorable Numbers

    July 1, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 IRS and AG Holder not so Favorable RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Poll shows that President Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan enjoyed a slight uptick in their favorability ratings and Governor Pat McCrory continued to have a net positive favorability rating. Forty-nine […]

  • Civitas Poll: NC Voters Tell Washington: Hands off our Guns

    June 6, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll shows North Carolina voters oppose having Washington set gun control policies. Also, a majority favors the state’s blocking gun control laws it finds unconstitutional – or other laws it legally disagrees with. Only 28 percent […]

  • Civitas Institute President Calls for Investigation of Lobbyist Bob Hall and State Board of Election Staff

    June 4, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 RALEIGH – Today the President of the Civitas Institute, Francis De Luca, delivered letters and documentation to the North Carolina Attorney General, the State Auditor, the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the State Board of Elections calling for an investigation […]

  • The Right Move for the SBI

    Reform of a state agency many have heard of but most know little about, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), is one of the provisions drawing attention in a proposed state budget passed by the North Carolina Senate. This budget continues the work of making state government finances more efficient and cost-effective, while […]

  • Civitas Poll: Voters Oppose Constitutional Amendment

    May 31, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Poll shows more North Carolina voters voting against than supporting a proposed state constitutional amendment to repeal the requirement that voters must be able to read and write a section of the U.S. Constitution. 48 percent of […]

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