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...

Show the real report card

By John Hood Have you ever seen a bad grade on your child’s report card and then gotten angry at the school for sending you the report card? Of course not. Like it or not, you need to know how your child is really doing so you can do something about it. North Carolinians are...

Common Core undermines federalism

by Jim Tynen WAKE FOREST — Our recent Common Core Forum highlighted the national standards’ basic flaw: They undermine the federalism that is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. The new Common Core Standards set nationwide guidelines for secondary education. Though supposedly...

Feds challenge Voter ID law

by Scott Mooneyham RALEIGH — The lawsuit came as no surprise. Just two months earlier, the U.S. Justice Department had sued to stop a voter ID law passed in Texas in 2011. In doing so, federal officials said that other lawsuits were likely. North Carolina legislators had just...

The Right Way to Cut Taxes

By John Hood If your goal is to foster economic growth and job creation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to cut taxes on business. Fortunately, Pat McCrory and the General Assembly made the right choice. The wrong way is to offer tax credits or other targeted incentives to...

Give states their power back

by Lee Brett June 17 was Constitution Day, a celebration of our nation’s most important political document. For 226 years, our Constitution has weathered wars, disasters, civil strife, and economic downturns. However, a quick glance at the state of the Constitution today gives...

McCrory feigns amazement at “attacks” on embattled Wos

by Chris Fitzsimon Governor Pat McCrory doesn’t seem too bothered by all the scandals at his Department of Health and Human Services or the troubling missteps by HHS Secretary Aldona Wos. McCrory told a crowd of business leaders in Jackson County this week that he stood behind...

The crystal ball stays hidden

by John Hood If you are absolutely sure what is going to happen in next year’s midterm elections, my advice is to keep it confidential, tell just a few key folks, let them be awestruck by your prescience on Election Day 2014. And then start a political-intelligence firm. You’ll...

McCrory finally barks back

by Scott Mooneyham There is no way around it: For governors to have vetoes overridden is not a good thing; to have them overridden by a legislature of the same political party is even worse. Gov. Pat McCrory suffered that fate on Wednesday when the state Senate, a day after...

McCrory statements give conservatives pause

by Bob Luebke Gov. McCrory’s statement to lawmakers as they adjourned the special legislative veto session gives conservatives a few things to think about. The state budget was a banner achievement for those committed to true education reform. It included more support for...

Do we ever have enough?

Dr. Mike Walden Around this time of year, I always re-think some of the central assumptions of economics. This is because I have to explain them to new undergraduates, most of whom have no background in economics. This is actually good because they’re coming to me with a clean...