Legislative Activity

  • A “Fishy” business: Sen. Basnight, Basnight Construction and the $25 million dollar state pier

    Civitas first reported on the now infamous $25 million fishing pier in Nags Head as a Bad Bill of the Week in May. The August issue of Civitas Review featured “Pier Pressure,” an in-depth background of this project and its ties to Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight (D-Dare).

  • Senator’s Company Receives a Slice of $25 Million Pie

    Basnight Construction was awarded subcontracted work on part of the new $25 million Jennette’s Pier project currently under construction in Nags Head. The amount of money the construction company is being paid and the scope of work being performed are currently undisclosed.

  • A Single Seed Grows Many Branches: ACORN’s Web of Connections in North Carolina

    The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) has woven itself into the fabric of the left in North Carolina. Listed below are short explanations of the ties between the groups illustrated on the above chart. For more detailed information on ACORN NC see Capitol-Monitor.org.

  • Title IX: The Blind Quota System or How to Kneecap College Sports

    Title IX was written to guarantee equal opportunity in educational activities. Today, it is an unstoppable campaign to impose quotas and gender preferences in schools, as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) is learning. The Title IX amendment, which simply outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions, is not the problem; it is the way Title IX is administered.

  • State Auditor Beth Wood Ignored Law on State Reimbursement

    An investigation by Civitas Institute staff revealed State Auditor Beth Wood had not been reimbursing the state for commuting costs. As a member of the Council of State, Wood is entitled to have a state car permanently assigned for her use. However, North Carolina Statutes state if anyone uses a state car to commute to and from their office, individuals must reimburse the state for all commuting costs.

  • Misplaced Legislative Priorities

    As the latest session of the North Carolina General Assembly nears another mind numbing conclusion, taxpayers have to wonder what their lawmakers have been doing in Raleigh for the last eight months. Now that the backroom horse trading on the budget is over, we have a state spending plan that manages to raise taxes and increase spending during the worst economy in decades.

  • SB 460: Radical Animal Rights Agenda

    With the introduction of SB 460 by Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene), (Identical Bill HB 460 by Representatives Jeffus(D- Guilford); Dickson (D- Cumberland); Harrison (D- Guilford)) yet another branch of the extremist animal rights movement has surfaced in North Carolina.

  • Deception: The Story of North Carolina’s Bullying Bill and How It Was Passed

    Latest efforts by North Carolina leftists to mainstream homosexual lifestyles succeeded this week in the North Carolina General Assembly. Senate Bill 526 was sold to lawmakers under the pretense of stopping bullies in our schools. Under the guise of standing up for victimized children, the bill’s advocates successfully convinced the narrowest majority to include sexual orientation for the first time in a state statute.

  • Civitas Watch List: July 7, 2009

    The Civitas Watch List is a compilation of bills either on the floor of the House or Senate or in committee that day that is of interest to conservatives in North Carolina. Civitas will attempt to quickly highlight some of the relevant points of the bills to give a simple overview of potentially impactful legislation.

  • A Renewed Call for Session Limits

    The news of Rep. Bonner Stiller’s (R-Brunswick) pending resignation from the NC House of Representatives should be seen as a renewed call for a limit on legislative sessions. Stiller cited the time commitments of the General Assembly, keeping him away from his family and his job at his Southport law firm as the primary reasons he is leaving.

  • Civitas Watch List – 5/26/09

    The Civitas Watch List is a compilation of bills either on the floor of the House or Senate or in committee that day that is of interest to conservatives in North Carolina. Civitas will attempt to quickly highlight some of the relevant points of the bills to give a simple overview of potentially impactful legislation.

  • Five Burning Questions for the Kick-off of the General Assembly Session

    With the 2009-10 General Assembly reconvening on Wednesday, Jan. 28, here are five big questions that will set the tone for the upcoming session.

  • Grading The Last Eight Years of Leadership in Raleigh: Is North Carolina Better Off?

    Beverly Purdue (D) was just sworn in as North Carolina’s new governor this past weekend. As North Carolinians ponder what sort of leadership they can expect from the state’s first female governor, now is a good time to reflect upon the results of the past eight years of fiscal policy under Governor Mike Easley (D).

  • Labor Invests Big in N.C.

    The tote board is in and Big Labor took its spending on North Carolina elections to a level unseen during the 2008 election cycle. According to reports filed with the NC State Board of Elections through Oct. 25, labor unions spent in excess of $4.7 million in an attempt to influence North Carolina elections – more than they spent in 2004 and 2006 combined.

  • Getting Greed Out of Government

    Greed. It's a dirty word (a deadly sin, even). Some think only government can protect us from ourselves. But this view is mistaken. Maybe it comes from that helpless reflex-thought: "Somebody should do something about this!" We've all had it -- especially recently. And government, like God, comes into our thoughts almost as second nature whenever we want to explain something inexplicable, or fix something unfixable. But we must stand before our own natures with humility and acknowledge that we, as a species, are greedy.

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