Author: Jessica Anderson

  • New UNC System President Funded Abortions and Gay Rights in North Carolina

    Thomas Ross, while the head of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, steered over $280,000 to Planned Parenthood from 2001-2007 and an additional $50,000 to NARAL Pro-Choice America. Both groups provide abortions and inevitably had the most to gain from the UNC system’s new health care plan, which up until last week included coverage for elective abortions.

  • Marriage Rally Urges Legislators for Amendment

    Dozens of people rallied outside the state capital on August 10 to support a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman. The rally was one stop in a series of rallies taking place nationwide sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The 20-stop tour is part of NOM's "Summer for Marriage Tour 2010: One Man One Woman Rally" highlighting states without a marriage protection amendment.

  • N.C. Senate’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Transportation

    The North Carolina Senate's FY 2010-11 proposed budget for Transportation is $2.7 billion. The most notable discrepancy between the Senate's budget and Gov. Perdue's recommended budget changes is the Senate does not allocate funds for Perdue's NC Mobility Fund. According to Gov. Perdue's Budget, the NC Mobility Fund would provide funds for projects of "statewide significance" with a budget of $94.6 million. There is no such allocation in the Senate budget.

  • Gov. Perdue’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Transportation

    Governor Perdue’s total proposed FY 2010-11 budget for Transportation is $2.8 billion. This includes a $7 increase (from $28 to $35) in annual registration fees for cars and light trucks.

  • Gov. Perdue’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Community Colleges

    Community College student enrollment in North Carolina is projected to increase by 16%, totaling 34,000 additional students, for fiscal year 2010-11. On net, the Governor recommends expanding the Community College budget by $32 million, or 3.2 percent, over the spending plan approved in last year’s budget bill

  • All Wired Up: Six Questions Technology in the Classroom Raises

    Academia is closely following the development of technology in the classroom and is trying to understand today’s “plugged in” student. Some research argues that online learning has considerable advantages over traditional education because students learn better online than face-to-face. Others point to the excess of online availability as a slippery slope of academic dishonesty with little authentic learning. So does the use of technology in the classroom advance or hinder the academic pursuit of truth? Scholars want to know.

  • 20 Changes For 2010: Protecting Unborn Victims of Violence

    When a crime is committed against a pregnant woman, North Carolina does not legally recognize the unborn child’s death or injury as a separate crime. In 2009, 15 states, including New York, Oregon and neighboring Tennessee introduced measures to protect unborn victims of violence. North Carolina was not one of those states

  • 20 Changes For 2010: Defense of Marriage Act

    In 2009, North Carolina state legislators had the opportunity to enact a constitutional amendment declaring marriage as the union between one man and one woman. However, the Defense of Marriage Act, introduced this session in the House as HB 361 and in the Senate as SB 272, was blocked for a fifth straight session by opponents in committee.

  • Mary Katharine Ham Lecture at Network of enlighted Women Meeting

    Sponsored by the Pope Center for Higher Education and the Civitas Institute

  • Title IX: The Blind Quota System or How to Kneecap College Sports

    Title IX was written to guarantee equal opportunity in educational activities. Today, it is an unstoppable campaign to impose quotas and gender preferences in schools, as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) is learning. The Title IX amendment, which simply outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions, is not the problem; it is the way Title IX is administered.

  • North Carolina’s War on Plastic

    North Carolina’s public enemy number one: plastic. State lawmakers have embarked on a full frontal attack on plastic throughout the state ranging from banning plastic bottles in state-wide landfills to reducing plastic bags in the Outer Banks.

  • Defense of Marriage Act Ignored in NC

    Two-thirds of North Carolina voters support a constitutional amendment declaring that marriage is defined as one man and one woman, according to polling by the Civitas Institute. At the close of the 2009 North Carolina General Assembly long session, there is still no law on the books that reflects that desire.

  • 2009 Session Legislative Recap Series: Transportation

    Transportation reform was not at the top of the Legislature’s list this session. Instead, lawmakers introduced legislation that raised the state gas tax, included new local tax options to finance public transportation, unnecessary pavement construction and light rail expansion.

  • Defending Marriage in N.C.

    North Carolina is the only Southern state that does not have a defense of marriage amendment included in its constitution. Without such an amendment, the state is subject to legal attacks against the institution of marriage as we know it.

  • 2009 Session Legislative Recap Series: Life and Family

    The 2009 legislative session proved, yet again, that North Carolina General Assembly lawmakers refuse to hear any conservative legislation that would protect pregnant women, defend marriage and strengthen the family. Instead, legislators chose to advance an extremely liberal agenda with passage of the Healthy Youth Act and the “Bullying Bill.”

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