Chicken dish brings back memories

Ticker by David Leone There was a time when the press learned of developments through a newswire or ticker. We mostly get our news from calls and e-mails, or from on-the-street conversations. There’s too much to always write an article about, so I’m going to share what I can in...

Racial enrollment regressive

John Locke Foundation by John Hood Another wave of bad publicity and legal questions isn’t what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needs. But that’s exactly what the school is getting, thanks to its longstanding and troubling use of race as a major factor in...

2015 legislative session full of mystery

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon The vagueness was unmistakable. At a news conference last week, state House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger didn’t reveal much about the upcoming legislative session apart from what most who follow state politics already...

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

Civitas Institute by Robert Luebke It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. The State Board of Education has approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in...

2015 offers McCrory’s biggest test, yet

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon Surrounded by families, friends and fellow lawmakers, 170 incoming members of the General Assembly will get sworn in to two-year terms this week. There will be more than enough smiles, congratulatory handshakes, hugs and photographs to...

School woes aren’t werewolves

John Locke Foundation by John Hood Because of the tremendous benefits conferred by better education, it would be great if policymakers knew precisely what silver bullets to fire to eliminate obstacles to higher achievement. But obstacles to achievement aren’t werewolves. They are...

Courts agree GOP overstepped in abortion law

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon Critics of Republican leadership in the General Assembly are often quick to use words such as “extreme” to describe policies pushed by the majority. Republicans use the same rhetoric about Democrats’ ideas. Sometimes, critics exaggerate...

Burr favored in duel

by John Hood Pretty much as soon as the polls closed on Election Day 2014, the political prognosticators began laying bets on what will happen by Election Day 2016. At the national level, attention quickly focused on the seemingly endless parade of Republicans seeking to take on...

Eight quotes that defined 2014 in state politics

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon Each year, state lawmakers and observers make memorable comments that sum up the news of the day. The following are eight quotes from 2014 that reflect major news in state government and politics, with brief explanations to remind you...

What will 2015’s economy look like?

By Dr. Mike Walden N.C. Cooperative Extension Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. People want some insight into how the economy will perform. No economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, we try to forecast the general trends...

Jobs lost at a minimum

by John Hood Correct ideas are not always popular ones. I freely admit that most North Carolinians favor increasing the legal minimum wage, through either congressional or legislative action. Supporters believe that it will help workers rise out of poverty, and that the cost will...

Wake school estimates must be double-checked

by Robert Luebke Before Wake County asks taxpayers for 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, a little...