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Civitas Poll: McCrory Support Shifts in Key Voting Bloc

Civitas Poll: McCrory Support Shifts in Key Voting Bloc

A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows Gov. Pat McCrory trailing Attorney General Roy Cooper in a hypothetical gubernatorial race.

NC Shouldn’t Renew ‘Renewable’ Handouts

NC Shouldn’t Renew ‘Renewable’ Handouts

North Carolina taxpayers are about to get stuck with a big bill – if the General Assembly continues the state’s “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” (REPS) and renewable energy tax credit policies.

Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows that an overwhelming majority of them support an amendment to the state Constitution which would require a vote of two-thirds majority of both houses of the legislature to approve all income tax rate increases.

VIVA Ruling May Bring Back Election Chaos

VIVA Ruling May Bring Back Election Chaos

If a federal judge chooses to block any of the key provisions of North Carolina’s new election reform law, any sense of security will be removed from North Carolina's election process once again.

The Heavy Price of Renewable Energy in NC

The Heavy Price of Renewable Energy in NC

North Carolinians are forced to pay twice to prop up the state’s renewable energy lobby: once in the form of higher taxes and again for higher electric bills to support a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS). Political patronage runs rampant while ratepayers, taxpayers and the state’s economy suffer.

School Choice: Benefits Are More than Academic

School Choice: Benefits Are More than Academic

Recent Civitas research looked at how school choice in Wake Forest might affect the community's growth, and the findings do suggest such educational options may promote the local economy.

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

Spending Binges Underlie Budget Woes

The theme that state government is somehow starved of revenue because the pace of revenue growth has fallen off recently due to the recession and sluggish recovery fails to address the big picture, namely: What did North Carolina’s budget growth look like before the economic crash?

NC Voters Support Ed Savings Accounts

NC Voters Support Ed Savings Accounts

A recent Civitas Poll shows ESAs are popular in North Carolina – with almost every group and region – especially when the accounts are available to all families.

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

A Taxpayer Protection Act for North Carolina: Examining Misleading Claims about Colorado’s TABOR Experience

This week the NC Senate approved a Taxpayer Protection Act that would enact restraints on the annual growth rate of the state budget. Although different from Colorado's (TABOR) in many important regards, we are re-posting this 2011 article that thoroughly debunks the left's primary claims about Colorado's TABOR experience.

The seminal NC public records case that could have been

The seminal NC public records case that could have been

In 2008-2009, a legal battle took place in Guilford County Superior Court over whether third-party investigations into city police departments are subject to our state’s public records law. The issue is one of great importance for advocates of government transparency.

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