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SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

In part two of this article we look at how the organizations pushing this particular agenda in North Carolina, namely “Big Solar”, are using a Political Action Committee (PAC) to further its agenda. Our investigation suggests that solar lobbyists have been trying to conceal what was really going on.

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

NC Depends on DC More Than You Think

Should North Carolina be more reliant on the federal government, or work to be more independent from D.C.? To answer that question, we need to understand how much the state already depends on Washington – and that dependency might be shocking to many NC taxpayers.

NC Case May Roil U.S. Religion Debate

NC Case May Roil U.S. Religion Debate

A lawsuit quietly filed in Raleigh earlier this month has the potential to open up the religious liberty debate as much as RFRA did.

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Bill Could Be Win-Win for NC

Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs. House Bill 681, the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, does just that.

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Conservatives’ Pushing Big Solar Funded by the Left

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Conservatives’ Pushing Big Solar Funded by the Left

By Francis De Luca and Susan Myrick PART I What do President Barack Obama and a growing number of Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly have in common? The answer – their love of major solar energy companies – Big Solar, for short. As for the President – everyone…

Taxing Private Endowments? A Bad Idea All Around

Taxing Private Endowments? A Bad Idea All Around

Taxing large endowments is not a new idea. Taxing only large private endowments, however, is a new twist.

RFRA’s Judicial History Leaves Questions Unanswered in NC

RFRA’s Judicial History Leaves Questions Unanswered in NC

RFRA, once an acronym spoken only in academic halls and legislative debates, has become a household subject across America. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its state counterparts have been demonized by some and glorified by others.

Clarity, Enforcement Needed in State Public Records Laws

Clarity, Enforcement Needed in State Public Records Laws

Last week, the Civitas Institute dropped our public records lawsuit against the Alamance County Board of Elections and Alamance County attorney. To the credit of the board and county attorney, the entire issue was resolved in less than four months. Unfortunately, this is lightning fast compared to the turnaround time…

Parents Should Be Wary of Health Form

Parents Should Be Wary of Health Form

If parents do not submit a form, principals will supply “deficiency statement” to parents. They have 30 days from the time a “deficiency statement” is issued to supply a form to the school.

CLC Saturday: Fiorina, Woodson, FreedomWorks

CLC Saturday: Fiorina, Woodson, FreedomWorks

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and possible 2016 Republican primary candidate Carly Fiorina closed out the Civitas Institute’s annual Conservative Leadership Conference with a rousing talk about the need for a return to individual value in America, along with acknowledgement she is indeed pondering a presidential run. The biggest CLC in our…

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