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The seminal NC public records case that could have been

The seminal NC public records case that could have been

In 2008-2009, a legal battle took place in Guilford County Superior Court over whether third-party investigations into city police departments are subject to our state’s public records law. The issue is one of great importance for advocates of government transparency.

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

Court: Greenlight Educational Freedom; The Case Against it is Weak

The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion. Progressives objected loudly,however, their objections miss the mark.

Civitas Seeks Investigation of PAC

Civitas Seeks Investigation of PAC

Civitas has called on the State Board of Elections (SBOE) to investigate the campaign reporting practices of the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (NCCEBA) PAC.

SBI Wastes Millions on Reminders to Sex Offenders

SBI Wastes Millions on Reminders to Sex Offenders

Just days into my new internship here at Civitas earlier this summer I was handed a cardboard box, filled to the brim with literally a thousand pages of emails, meeting minutes, agendas, general statues, handbooks, and user guides. That was my first clue that the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)…

Did Tony Tata Use His Office to Explore Running for Congress?

Did Tony Tata Use His Office to Explore Running for Congress?

The recent abrupt departure of Tony Tata as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has left many in government and political circles in Raleigh and across the state talking. But this article is not about his departure; it is about his actions and intentions while superintendent of…

Charter School Update: a Mixed Bag

Charter School Update: a Mixed Bag

While charter schools continue to attract students and expand in record numbers, the current legislative session can best be described as a mixed bag.

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

The NC Senate has before it a bill to rein in a program that would collect and store intimate data about children in public schools, all while requiring parents to waive their right to be involved in discussions about their child's health.

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

Bad Bill of the Week: Central Planners Never Learn

The New Market Jobs Act is designed to encourage investments that would be too risky without the granting of political privilege in the form of a tax credit. The goal, of course, is to encourage more investment in low-income areas, just as federal policies in the last decade encouraged mortgage…

School Choice Event Resources

School Choice Event Resources

Videos from the July 15 School Choice event featuring John Allison, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and the study's authors are now available! Click here to see the presentations from this important event.

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Passage of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) in North Carolina in 2007 contributed to North Carolina’s electricity rates rising more than twice as rapidly as national and regional averages. An examination of the data shows that in the six years prior to 2007, North Carolina’s electricity rates rose far…

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