McCrory uses risky vetoes

by Scott Mooneyham Some people may be surprised by Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills last week. After all, he’s a Republican. The legislature is controlled by Republicans. Surely these folks are operating from the same playbook, right? Except that’s not how...

Government programs — the real fraud

by Lee Brett In modern American politics, citizens regularly expect the government to intervene in the economy. Small wonder that politicians from both sides of the aisle constantly promise to “create jobs” and “stimulate the economy” while on the campaign trail. Once in office,...

HHS salary scandal not just about the money

by Chris Fitzsimon The day before reporter Sarah Ovaska at NC Policy Watch broke the news that two 24-year-old former campaign staffers for Governor Pat McCrory working at the Department of Health and Human Services received huge pay raises last spring, the Wilmington Star-News...

Time to set the stories straight

by Chris Malone Earlier this year a leaked document offered a statewide contingent of left-leaning activists, consultants and media types a strategy to “eviscerate” Republicans at the Legislature. You can find elements of this program throughout the statewide media. Considering...

When education and politics collide

by John Hood When educational statistics and state politics collide, the results can be cringe-inducing. A memorable example dates back to March 4, 1999, when the governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the results of national reading...