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Civitas Poll: Walker Leads Selected GOP Hopefuls

Civitas Poll: Walker Leads Selected GOP Hopefuls

The most recent Civitas Flash Poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a lead among likely North Carolina Republican primary voters in a survey of selected candidates for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Walker was the choice of 29 percent of the respondents. He was followed by Jeb Bush…

Obama’s Community College Plan Badly Flawed

Obama’s Community College Plan Badly Flawed

America needs a better-educated work force – but President Obama’s plan for “free” community college is not the way to get it. By 2020, two in three jobs will require some higher education to perform. These realities have helped to propel Obama’s recent proposal to make the first two years…

Senate Introduces Competing “Economic Development” Bill

Senate Introduces Competing “Economic Development” Bill

Earlier this month, the NC House introduced the “NC Competes Act,” a bill that would expand the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), and extend targeted tax breaks for datacenters and a major passenger airline. Yesterday, the Senate introduced two bills designed as an alternative. Based on the details…

Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left – and the family that dominates it. Our research has confirmed that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has abandoned…

Mike Adams: Ross Firing may De-Politicize UNC

Mike Adams: Ross Firing may De-Politicize UNC

An open letter from Mike Adams: Dear University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors (BOG): I am writing you today for two reasons. First, I wish to congratulate you for having the courage to fire University President Tom Ross and select a new leader for the UNC system. Second, as…

Civitas Poll: NC Voters Support Laws Protecting Elections

Civitas Poll: NC Voters Support Laws Protecting Elections

The most recent Civitas Poll shows North Carolina voters strongly support laws protecting the integrity and stature of the election process. “North Carolinians recognize the importance of fair and honest elections, and they strongly support the steps needed to protect the process,” said Susan Myrick, Elections Policy Analyst for the…

“Teacher Voices” and Common Core

“Teacher Voices” and Common Core

In “Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards,” Keith Poston of the Public School Forum argues against changing the Common Core math and English standards, since he believes members of the state’s Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) are working to weaken the standards. In the…

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

McCrory’s Budget: Gas Tax Hikes, Billions in New Debt

Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday released his budget proposal for the next biennium. In odd-numbered years like this one, the legislature passes a two-year budget plan, and the following year will make adjustments to the second year of the plan. The total state budget proposed by McCrory just for the first…

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…

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

Public School Forum Declares Book Closed on Common Core, Whistles past Many Shortcomings

In his article “Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards,” Keith Poston argues against revisions to the current Common Core standards and the importance of ensuring teachers have a voice in this discussion. In a two-part response, I argue, in part one, that significant changes…

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