Raleigh, N.C. – Sixty-five percent of North Carolina voters say Governor Bev Perdue should sign the Balanced Budget Act of 2011 just passed by the General Assembly, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. Sixty-five percent of voters, when given information on the bill said they think Perdue should sign the [...]
Accrediting giant AdvancEd says school board actions - not academic performance – will be the focus of a special review team visiting the Wake County Public Schools System to decide if High Schools will lose accreditation. AdvancED says it is acting on a complaint by the North Carolina NAACP and its head, the Rev. William Barber, filed after the board declined a presentation by Barber, who was later arrested twice on school property for trespassing.
Francis De Luca makes an appearance on Viewpoints Radio with Lockwood Phillips.
With the election over, we need to discuss one of the most troubling developments this election cycle – the demonization of those who lawfully participate in the political debate that is the foundation of our system. This demonization is part of a wider effort to discourage people from participating in the political process
Over 90 percent of convicted murderers on death row have filed to have their death sentences revoked under the misnamed “The Racial Justice Act” (RJA) or Senate Bill 461. The impact of the bill – passed by what some refer to as the “most liberal Legislature” in North Carolina history – is now being felt statewide.
N.C. small business owners and family farmers can look forward to keeping their businesses in the family - at least this year. The federal estate tax, or "death tax" as it is commonly known, expired at the end of last year. Prior to that, families could be required to hand over to Washington nearly half of the combined value of virtually everything they own - personal and business assets alike
The phrase "Overton Window" may soon become commonplace for those who follow political and social change. Glenn Beck’s new novel bears the name, and pre-order sales have already made it a best seller. His book, The Overton Window, borrows a theory from a man named Joe Overton who died in an ultra-light accident in 2003. Joe was the Vice President of a Michigan based think tank, the Mackinac Center (that is pronounced Mackinaw for us southerners).
We have watched as politicians at all levels have run up massive debts that our children and grandchildren will have to pay. At the federal level, just since January 20, 2009, politicians have added over $2.1 trillion to our national debt to bring it to almost $13 trillion. In North Carolina, state debt has grown by $3.1 billion with no vote of the people since 2000 and the cumulative totals of local debt burdens now exceeds $43 billion. As politicians have been raising taxes and spending every cent they have also been busy maxing out the credit cards and sending us the bill!
The tenth recommendation in the Civitas Institute 2010 Agenda: “20 Changes for 2010: A Primer for State Reform” focuses on ending the death penalty moratorium and carrying out jury verdicts.
The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) has woven itself into the fabric of the left in North Carolina. Listed below are short explanations of the ties between the groups illustrated on the above chart. For more detailed information on ACORN NC see Capitol-Monitor.org.
An investigation by Civitas Institute staff revealed State Auditor Beth Wood had not been reimbursing the state for commuting costs. As a member of the Council of State, Wood is entitled to have a state car permanently assigned for her use. However, North Carolina Statutes state if anyone uses a state car to commute to and from their office, individuals must reimburse the state for all commuting costs.