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 […]
By Dr. Mark Creech Last month, in a sermon the media described as “fire and thunder,”  the Rev. William Barber, head of the NC NAACP, mounted the pulpit of Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and began to excoriate all things political — to the right. Barber singled out by name U.S. Senator […]
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.” […]
In many ways, the scandal at the RBTC is only the latest example of the problems inherent in publicly-funded economic development programs.
Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL reported on the scandal but their information was based on only a brief summary of the audit but we weren’t content with that. Here's the whole story.
Civitas Board Chairman Bob Luddy is also on the board of the Rural Economic Development Center (REDC). The Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer recently ran stories highlighting questionable practices by the center, and the N&O followed up with an editorial that concludes “the center has become less about sustaining rural communities and more […]
The first article of the Civitas Institute’s two-part series on the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center highlighted its corrupt tactics and the $200,000-plus per year salary of President Billy Ray Hall. To go over all the instances of favoritism over the center’s past 26 years would be overwhelming. The following examples are from the […]
What if I were to coax you into accepting a loan with money I stole from you? You’d probably call the police and have me arrested as a thief and a con artist. But here’s a news flash: The state government and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center (Rural Center) have been practicing this […]
Maybe it was just a coincidence that after I started to work for “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” my income taxes were audited. Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll never know one way or the other. That’s why still-unfolding IRS scandals are so ominous. As I’m sure you know, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted it targeted Tea […]
When reporting on Blueprint NC’s leaked documents, WRAL was all over the story, with one exception: It somehow failed to mention in any of its stories that the owners of the station are deeply entangled with the left-wing group and some of its allies. A strategy memo from liberal policy group Blueprint North Carolina details […]
This article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer. Many scandals are about crimes and money, but equally destructive are scandals that corrode our sense of honor. Consider this sad moment from the waning days of Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration: Last week a bridge in Wilmington was named the Lanny T. Wilson Bridge. “To name a […]
Lobbyist Bob Hall and SBE Director Gary Bartlett conspired on a strategy to boost funding for Bartlett’s agency and attack the Republican legislature.
The NC SBE is the bureaucratic staff that dominates both the election machinery and increasingly the way campaigns are conducted in North Carolina.
A similar version of this article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer Janet Cowell’s primary responsibility as State Treasurer is to oversee the pension fund for retired North Carolina teachers and state employees. So why does her campaign receive so many contributions from far-away states like New York, Pennsylvania and California? Didn’t Cowell learn anything […]