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Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Wake School Estimates Must Be Double-Checked

Before Wake County asks taxpayers to pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs.  Now, little over a year later, community leaders are saying that…

Why Newspapers Are Dying

Why Newspapers Are Dying

Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it. That’s exactly what Bonner did recently in her article, “NC education department used Koch-funded group for proposed history lessons.” Yes, did you…

From the ‘There Is No Voter Fraud in NC’ File

From the ‘There Is No Voter Fraud in NC’ File

The midterm elections saw record turnout and relatively few glitches, but a few things stood out to undermine the liberal claim that “there is no voter fraud in North Carolina.” Here are just a few examples of potential or actual fraud. Famous Felon Votes No voter fraud here? Tell that…

The Secrets of Coolidge’s Success

The Secrets of Coolidge’s Success

Author Amity Shlaes had heartening words for conservatives when she spoke at a Civitas event this fall. As the biographer of Calvin Coolidge, Miss Shlaes knew he had faced social upheaval, powerful opposition groups, and economic trouble. Yet he faced down the police unions, actually cut Washington spending, and freed…

Are taxpayers footing the bill for union group’s expenses?

Are taxpayers footing the bill for union group’s expenses?

It appears the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have been providing free office space for years to the local branch of an organization with close ties to state and national, politically-active teacher unions. Few people know that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired School Personnel Association (CMRSP) has an office inside the district’s Bishop Spaugh…

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly – North…

Bill Gates: Hypocrisy 2.0

Bill Gates: Hypocrisy 2.0

Billionaire Bill Gates, who has spent millions advocating for and implementing the Common Core Standards in 44 states and thousands of public schools across the United States, sends his children to a private school where it’s hard to find any mention of the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Gates’ three children…

High Court: Legislature Got It Right

High Court: Legislature Got It Right

On Oct. 8 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld North Carolina’s new elections reform legislation, effectively reversing a ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the provisions of the Voter Identification and Verification Act (VIVA). The Supreme Court’s ruling, and the success of the law in practice, vindicate the…

Civitas Poll Shows Tillis Has Slight Edge over Hagan

Civitas Poll Shows Tillis Has Slight Edge over Hagan

The newest Civitas Poll showed state House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, with a slight edge over Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in voters’ views of the U.S. Senate candidates. When we asked 600 North Carolina registered voters who they’d vote for if the election were today, 40 percent picked Tillis,…

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

NC Spends $150K per High School Diploma. Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in North Carolina? $50,000? $75,000? Our new analysis shows that North Carolina taxpayers spend about $150,000 for each student who receives a high school diploma. That amount doesn’t even include capital costs and other major expenses. Of…

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