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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…

NC Religion Bill vs. Federal RFRA — How Similar Are They?

NC Religion Bill vs. Federal RFRA — How Similar Are They?

On March 26, several members of the North Carolina House of Representatives filed House Bill 348 – The NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill, with primary sponsors Rep. Jacqueline Michelle Shaffer and Rep. Dan Bishop, is one of several pieces of legislation nationwide that have attracted widespread media attention — with the…

Friday at CLC: Freedom and Responsibility

Friday at CLC: Freedom and Responsibility

The Civitas 2015 Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC) this past weekend kicked off on Friday with thought-provoking insights from a range of speakers, including two potential presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum. In the keynote address Friday night, Dr. Carson said the real goal of political correctness…

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