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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.

Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

By Garland S. Tucker III and Francis X. De Luca: In previous years, Republicans rightly attacked then-Gov. Bev. Perdue’s use of economic incentives to promote growth in North Carolina. Since taking control of the state, however, they have regrettably changed their tune. Gov. Pat McCrory and then-Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker…

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…

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

According to a new bill passed into law on Wednesday, the western NC city of Boone will lose its rights of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), seriously limiting the power the city has on residents outside city limits. The bill in question (SB865) passed a House vote 65-47, and the Senate 35-14.…

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Demands Would Increase Taxes by $4,000 Per Family of Four As more information becomes available about the demands of the “Moral Monday” protestors, and their leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, the price tag for their wish list grows exponentially. Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to…

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

SB 817: Right Problem; Wrong Solution

Last week Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke County), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett County) filed a bill (SB 817) to change legislators’ terms from two to four years. The bill also limits the number of consecutive terms that legislators could serve to four. (There currently are no limits.) The…

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

A ‘To Do’ List for the Legislature

It has been said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” That should be the guiding principle for all legislative sessions: convene, get the work done and go home. I think 2014’s short session of the North Carolina General Assembly will be quick…

 

Legislative Follow Up to Questions about Prisoner Health Care

There are many questions that are asked in legislative meetings and many times the staff notes that they will have to follow up with those questions at a later meeting. Some of these questions were answered at the March Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety meeting. At…

 

Medicaid Expansion: A Quick Primer

In North Carolina, most news coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has focused on the massive technical failures of the federal exchange website. But there is another healthcare issue that is heating up all over the country: Medicaid expansion. This article should help provide some…

 

Portrait of a Hit Piece

Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program…

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