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...

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...