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Civitas Poll: Tillis Has Slight Edge over Hagan

Civitas Poll: Tillis Has Slight Edge over Hagan

The newest Civitas Poll showed state House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, with a slight edge over Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in voters’ views of the U.S. Senate candidates. When we asked 600 North Carolina registered voters who they’d vote for if the election were today, 40 percent picked Tillis,…

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in North Carolina? $50,000? $75,000? Our new analysis shows that North Carolina taxpayers spend about $150,000 for each student who receives a high school diploma. That amount doesn’t even include capital costs and other major expenses. Of…

Under Obama, Labor Force Shrinks to Historic Lows

Under Obama, Labor Force Shrinks to Historic Lows

The labor force participation rate dropped from 62.8 to 62.7 percent in September – the lowest point in 37 years.

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Radical Environmental Groups Violate NC Law, FCC Rules

Two ultraliberal, out-of-state national groups are apparently flouting state law and violating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules (§ 73.1212) in a campaign attacking legislators who favor bringing energy development and jobs to North Carolina. So far in 2014, more than $2 million has been spent in TV ad buys as…

Imagine NC Growing Without Handouts to Cronies

Imagine NC Growing Without Handouts to Cronies

Imagine with me for a moment what would happen if Gov. Pat McCrory’s office and state legislative leaders released the following joint statement regarding a special session to address economic development in North Carolina: The governor’s office and leaders of the General Assembly are today calling a special legislative session…

New Study: Oil and Gas Exploration Would be a Huge Win for North Carolina

New Study: Oil and Gas Exploration Would be a Huge Win for North Carolina

The benefits of allowing offshore oil and gas production far outweigh the costs in North Carolina and the rest of the Atlantic states.

Bush Overtakes Obama in Favorability Ratings

Bush Overtakes Obama in Favorability Ratings

A new Civitas Flash Poll shows that likely NC voters view former President George W. Bush more favorably than President Obama. The same poll also shows that Sen. Kay Hagan leads state House Speaker Thom Tillis in their race for the U.S. Senate, though the margin is razor-thin when the…

Campaign ad dodges facts, raises financing issues

Campaign ad dodges facts, raises financing issues

“I always want my students to start with facts, and the fact is Thom Tillis is terrible for education in North Carolina.” That’s the beginning of a pointed TV ad featuring Chapel Hill teacher Vivian Connell. The ad is part of a $1.7 million campaign by the National Education Association’s…

Civitas Poll Reveals Views of Unaffiliated Voters

Civitas Poll Reveals Views of Unaffiliated Voters

Civitas’ annual poll of unaffiliated North Carolina voters provides insights into the views of this key voting bloc as the state heads into the election season. This poll of 400 registered unaffiliated voters in North Carolina was conducted Aug. 23-25, and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.9 percent.…

Common Core: While You Were Away

Common Core: While You Were Away

Welcome back! I trust everyone had a good summer. We all need breaks and I hope you had a chance to unplug. You say that you were following Common Core until school let out.  And now, well, you have no idea what’s happened these last few months. No problem. It’s…

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