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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…

Free to choose: Union members have the right to leave

Free to choose: Union members have the right to leave

Imagine talking with a friend who tells you that he’s been forced to support the Duke basketball team for the past five years, even though he doesn’t like the Blue Devils. He’d much rather be a fan of the University of North Carolina, but he doesn’t think he has a…

Soros-Backed Group Appeals Court Ruling Upholding Election Reform

Soros-Backed Group Appeals Court Ruling Upholding Election Reform

The Advancement Project, in a press release dated August 21, announced that the North Carolina NAACP was appealing U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder’s decision earlier this month to deny a preliminary injunction to block certain provisions of VIVA in the November 2014 election. VIVA, the Voter Identification Verification Act…

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Political Playground: Catawba Schools Boost Candidate’s Campaign

Pat Hensley bristles at being called a politician, and until her June retirement she held a supposedly nonpartisan position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Catawba County Schools. But Hensley acted like a veteran politician when she and her supporters used the county school system and their school connections…

Did Shorter Early-Voting Hours Result in Long Voting Lines?

Did Shorter Early-Voting Hours Result in Long Voting Lines?

The State Board of Elections will meet this Thursday at 1 p.m. The SBOE is meeting to appoint new county board of elections members. They will also determine whether the local boards that are seeking to modify their early voting hours for the November election have met with the approval…

Blueprint NC’s Role in VIVA Lawsuit

Blueprint NC’s Role in VIVA Lawsuit

A parade of witnesses came to testify against North Carolina’s new voting reforms – but a look at their backgrounds shows they all have ties to the radical liberal network of groups known as Blueprint NC and/or have strong ties to the Democratic Party. U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder…

Teacher Pay, Corporate Welfare and Banjo Museums

Teacher Pay, Corporate Welfare and Banjo Museums

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the 2014-15 NC Budget. News accounts of the recently-passed $21.1 billion General Fund budget focus primarily on the teacher pay raise provided by budget writers. There is much more, however, included in the North Carolina budget worthy of mention. Some of it…

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