Obamacare chaos grows worse

by Jim Tynen Even as the Obamacare rollout grows more muddled, some issues are becoming clearer — including why North Carolina should be glad it isn’t more entangled in this mess. First, defenders of the Affordable Care Act have been saying that the state-run exchanges are...

Preening is not rebuttal

by John Hood After the 2010 elections put North Carolina’s legislature in the hands of Republicans for the first time in more than a century, state policy began a turn to the Right — that much is indisputable. In 2011, the General Assembly rejected then-Gov. Bev Perdue’s call to...

Spinning the voter suppression law

by Chris Fitzsimon Governor Pat McCrory and other supporters of the sweeping voter suppression law passed by the General Assembly this summer are working hard to make sure people don’t really understand how regressive and anti-democratic the law is. They’d rather people not...

First in flights of fancy?

by Scott Mooneyham There’s nothing quite like states feuding over bragging rights. For years, North Carolina and Ohio fought over who had dibs regarding powered flight. Ohio claimed the Wright Brothers and the research in their Dayton bicycle shop. North Carolina claimed the...

Turn the tape recorder back on

by D.G. Martin William Friday has been dead a year now, and we still don’t know how we are going to get along without him. He was a living monument to all that is, or was, right with our state. Optimism, confidence in the basic goodness of others, respect for those who disagreed,...

School vouchers provide more opportunities

by Bob Luebke The overheated PR engines of many liberal education advocacy groups have done an effective job of raising doubt about the commitment of conservatives to public education. Regrettably, while Republicans in the General Assembly succeeded in getting education policies...

Looking for the anarchists

by Scott Mooneyham The fellow who heads the General Assembly police caused quite a stir the other day when he testified in court that his police force had labeled some Raleigh-area people “anarchists” and collected intelligence on them. According to a Raleigh newspaper, the...

McCrory’s baffling pride

by Chris Fitzsimon If it is true that the first step toward solving a problem is admitting that you have one, the scandals and mismanagement at the Department of Health and Human Services will not be ending any time soon. The day after embattled DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and her...

What comes after Obamacare?

by John Hood Obamacare is going to collapse. North Carolina officials and citizens need to start thinking about what comes next. While technical glitches on the health-insurance exchanges are getting a lot of attention, that’s not the real problem the so-called Affordable Care...

How does government size impact the economy?

Dr. Mike Walden Perhaps few topics can start a verbal clash more than the debate over government size and the economy. The competing sides are well known. One position says government gets in the way of the economy, by levying taxes, writing restrictive regulations and directing...

Cooper looks ready to launch

by Scott Mooneyham Roy Cooper has touched this button before. He’s never actually pushed it. By all accounts, he plans to do so this time around. Prominent political insiders in Raleigh had been saying for weeks that the four-term state attorney general was going to get into the...

Justice filed political lawsuit

by John Hood What’s the Obama administration trying to do? No, I’m not speculating about the president’s strategies for implementing his health care law or besting Congressional Republicans in budget battles. Today’s topic is closer to home: the decision by Attorney General Eric...