Medicaid proven a failure

By Sally C. Pipes State legislators across the country are wrestling with whether to expand Medicaid, with the bulk of the funding to come from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare. Thus far, a substantial number of states have rebuffed the feds’ offer — or are leaning...

Lawmakers fail to account for resistance to change

by Scott Mooneyham With another legislative session in North Carolina completed, the postmortems have begun, and most have not been very kind to the honorables. Many of the honorables, at least those in the Republican majority, are likely taking comfort from pats on the back by...

Red herring argument disguised as pink flamingos

by Victoria Wakefield Last week, Progress N.C. turned the front yard of the N.C. General Assembly into a plastic pink flamingo zoo. Why? According to the people assembling the classic lawn ornaments outside of the Legislative Office Building, the liberal group’s efforts were to...

Political spin can’t hide flaws in tax deal

by Alexandra Sirota The political spinning began even before the ink had dried on the final tax deal between North Carolina House and Senate leaders and Gov. McCrory, with some supporters inside and outside the legislature backing away from earlier claims that everyone would...

Growth strategy backed by research

by John Hood When you hear politicians utter the phrase “economists say,” be skeptical. There may well be economists who agree with their particular policy idea, but economists and other social scientists don’t speak with one voice. There are many differences of opinion,...

A new book reminds us to say, ‘Thank you’

One on One by D.G. Martin “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.” So wrote General Dwight Eisenhower on June 5, 1944, 69 years ago. According to Rick Atkinson’s new book, The Guns at Last Light: The...

Who is minding the pork?

Capital Press Association by Scott Mooneyham As long as there is politics, there will be this thing that people refer to as pork. As the word is batted about, it is important to consider what pork is and what it is not. Pork, in a political context, implies fat, that there is...

Legislature gets A- on growth

by John Hood When it comes to addressing North Carolina’s most- pressing challenge, our lackluster economy, the state legislature deserves a grade of A- for its 2013 session. Here’s how I computed the grade. Last year I wrote and published Our Best Foot Forward: An...

Tax reform part of broader plan

by John Hood A few weeks ago, I was interviewing one of North Carolina’s senior Democratic statesmen for my upcoming biography of former Gov. Jim Martin. Not surprisingly, the interview occasionally veered from the events of 20 years ago to the events of 2013. “John,” said the...

Conservatism offers moral alternative

by Lee Brett With an adoring liberal media bounding along happily at his heels, the Rev. William Barber has managed to portray North Carolina politics as a moral crusade. Perhaps you used to believe that conservatives simply held a different worldview and a different philosophy...

Tax reform transforms into old debate

by Scott Mooneyham With the word “reform” in the air, the debate turned into an old one. For state Rep. David Lewis, a Republican and small business owner from Harnett County, it was about putting more money into the pockets of taxpayers, letting that money and...

No punches to teeth from McCrory

by Scott Mooneyham Within North Carolina political circles, stories abound regarding the hard lessons doled out by the political enforcers of earlier governors. Not too long ago, most governors understood that they needed a tough-as-nails enforcer to ensure that they got their...