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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

From Mapping the Left: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn’t always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its roots in free-market innovation and success to…

Mapping the Left: Introduction

Mapping the Left: Introduction

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy. Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds…

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

Why Is McCrory Admin Charging to Look Up Records?

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is reportedly charging the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) for merely looking up public records in its files – and that’s before providing the records themselves. According to The News & Observer, the SELC has requested to look at DOT emails, but the agency…

TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. Last week the State Board of Education approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in favor of a new scale that widens the…

Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Why Medicaid Expansion Won’t Boost Jobs

Last week, yet another study claiming that expanding Medicaid in North Carolina will create tens of thousands of jobs was released and dutifully reported by the media. The findings of such studies, however, are based upon a fatally flawed assumption that Medicaid coverage equates to access to medical care. The…

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Diploma Costs Undercut Spending Myths

Civitas recently published findings on the cost of a high school diploma in North Carolina and academic performance – and the results undercut the myth that money alone can buy good education. What did we find? On average, North Carolina spent about $150,000 to educate a high school graduate. Second,…

Naughty & Nice

Naughty & Nice

Naughty and Nice: North Carolina had plenty of both this year. Here is our list! Naughty: Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina, for making false claims about the 2014 elections in order to undercut NC’s common-sense election reforms. Nice: The State Board of Elections and most county elections boards, for…

Hearing Underscores Vote Fraud Reality

Hearing Underscores Vote Fraud Reality

A recent hearing reminded us all about the reality of voter fraud in North Carolina. On Dec. 9, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) heard three different appeals stemming from protests that were dismissed by the local boards of elections in Durham, Scotland and New Hanover counties. In two of…

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

N&O Takes a Toll on Truth

By now, most of us have come to expect the left-wing bias of the Raleigh News & Observer. Part of that bias includes efforts to promote their chosen narrative by presenting questionable data while ignoring more relevant facts.

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