One question confronting North Carolina’s criminal justice system more and more is: What should we do for a 16-or-17-year-old who genuinely makes a mistake, learned a lesson and most likely will never make that mistake again? This year the “Raise the Age” bill (HB 725) was written to take care of these exceptional kids — […]
Did your premiums go up? Has your out of pocket deductible doubled or tripled? Has your employer dropped your plan or cut back your hours? We want to hear from you about the real impact of ObamaCare.
The U.S. Justice Department gave early warning to North Carolina news outlets that it would file a lawsuit later the same day to stop certain provisions of the new voter ID/election reform law passed in the 2013 legislative session.
This two-part series will answer some of the current claims. Part I will address claims regarding spending cuts and include additional information frequently ignored in the budget debates. Part II will address concerns about student achievement, teacher pay and school vouchers.
Incarcerated prisoners are not entitled to unemployment benefits because they obviously do not meet the condition of being able, available, and actively looking for work. Unemployment benefits are meant to act as a temporary safety net for employees who are out of work through no fault of their own — to tide them over until […]
The recent discovery of important voter mailings stacked up in a post office underlines long-standing failures by elections staff that the Forsyth County Board of Elections (BOE) must finally resolve. On Aug. 30, Ken Raymond, the new Forsyth County BOE Chairman, according to this Winston-Salem Journal article discovered hundreds of verification / list-maintenance mailings that […]
As schools across North Carolina begin teaching classes based on the Common Core standards, it is timely and appropriate to consider the views of the people who are closest to the new curricula: teachers. The superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, has insisted that teachers were a crucial part of the state’s […]
Rob Christensen of the News & Observer recently published an article in which he claims to uncover “the truth” behind 10 “myths” about North Carolina state government. Disappointingly, Christensen gives short shrift to each point, and his “facts” are deliberately cherry-picked and incomplete in order to fit his preconceived narrative. Christensen does his readers a […]
A new survey suggests that North Carolina teachers are leery of the implementation of Common Core standards, with nearly two-thirds favoring slowing down or halting the process. Lately we’ve been hearing much about people’s opinions on Common Core standards being implemented in the public schools. A recent national poll suggested that most Americans don’t know […]
A day in the life of a juvenile court … what does it really look like? Is it all about the crazy kids that television dramas portray?
The Watauga County Board of Elections met on August 12 and “welcomed” a new board member who was ultimately elected chairman, Luke Eggers , a Republican. He had been sworn in almost one month after the other two board members, Bill Aceto, a Republican, and Kathleen Campbell, a Democrat. This article, with must-see videos of […]
It is expected to take a little more than two years to implement the new voter photo ID law, but it will take a lot longer to change the dysfunctional culture that is entrenched in the state and local boards of elections and their staffs. Not only has the legislature passed much-needed election reform legislation, […]
With the passage of HB 589 VIVA/Election Reform, the North Carolina legislature has produced the first comprehensive updating of our election laws in several decades. Until now our safeguards consisted of voters stating their names and addresses at the time they received their ballots – though in practice most only say their names, and elections […]
In many ways, the scandal at the RBTC is only the latest example of the problems inherent in publicly-funded economic development programs.
Why do judges levy prison sentences if the convicted criminals aren’t going to serve the entirety of their punishment? Whatever happened to truth in sentencing?