Treatment could be key in Crisis Solutions Initiative

by Lee Brett Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Crisis Solutions Initiative, a new state effort aimed at addressing the failures of Gov. Easley’s 2001 mental health reforms. Following the announcement, the Civitas Institute called on the McCrory...

We won’t buy this lemon

by John Hood As the costly implementation of the perversely named Affordable Care Act continues to baffle, disappoint, and enrage the public, a collection of government vendors and left-wing groups has settled on a brilliant political strategy: castigate North Carolina for...

At Jordan Lake, the evasion begins

by Scott Mooneyham Last spring, as state legislators prepared to stop tougher development rules upstream of central North Carolina’s Jordan Lake, I noted how George Orwell saw politics as descending into “evasion” because the truth was often “too brutal for most people to face.”...

Defending Laws, Howling at Their Makers

by: Scott Mooneyham Republican leaders, from the governor’s office to the legislature, are outraged, yes, outraged to find that Attorney General Roy Cooper is throwing around his political opinions about the laws that they have been passing. A big part of Cooper’s job...

Common Core English Standards: More Problems than Promise

by Bob Luebke On June 2, 2010, the N.C. State Board of Education adopted the Common Core math and English Language Arts standards. Opinion regarding the quality of the English Language Arts (ELA) standards appears divided. The pro-Common Core Fordham Foundation found the ELA...

Hawke learned his lessons

by John Hood At the precise moment I heard that longtime Republican strategist Jack Hawke had finally lost his battle with cancer, I was editing a book chapter about the 1984 race for North Carolina’s governor. It was a pivotal campaign in the state’s political history, as the...

Yes, Christmas — but Thanksgiving, first

by Russell Capps You’ve already seen the Christmas sales ads and stores with full Christmas item displays while Thanksgiving is yet weeks away.  That’s okay.   Our economy needs to flourish. But let’s not ever forget Thanksgiving,  including its wonderful, historic, spiritual...

Outrage grows over health plan

by  Jim Tynen North Carolinians are growing more outraged as they find out what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is really doing to their finances and their ability to control their health care. At the Civitas Institute, we have been compiling stories people have sent in about...

No winners, no losers in latest school funding ruling

by Scott Mooneyham For everyone involved, maybe their public proclamation should have been, “We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose!” Lawyers and politicians aren’t in the business of providing that kind of lukewarm response, though....

Climbing a new mountain peak

by D.G. Martin “Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week. Fu is the founder of Geomagic, Inc., which developed the computer code that made 3-D printing possible. Earlier this year she sold Geomagic to Spartanburg, S. C., based 3D...

Time to repeal medical device tax

by Sally C. Pipes Congress has struck a deal to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling — at least temporarily. Yet for some reason, lawmakers have excluded from the final agreement a policy prescription supported by Democrats and Republicans alike that was part of an...

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...