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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.

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion. Progressives objected loudly,however, their objections miss the mark.

Civitas Seeks Investigation of PAC

Civitas Seeks Investigation of PAC

Civitas has called on the State Board of Elections (SBOE) to investigate the campaign reporting practices of the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (NCCEBA) PAC.

SBI Wastes Millions on Reminders to Sex Offenders

SBI Wastes Millions on Reminders to Sex Offenders

Just days into my new internship here at Civitas earlier this summer I was handed a cardboard box, filled to the brim with literally a thousand pages of emails, meeting minutes, agendas, general statues, handbooks, and user guides. That was my first clue that the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)…

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