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...

Doctors are suppressing my rights

by Jim Tynen You’ve been hearing about vote suppression. Well, recently I underwent medical suppression. Political activists have been claiming that the state’s new voter ID requirement is voter suppression. They say that many people lack a driver license, or other forms of...

Tax reform should put consumers first — not banks

by Patricia Wesenberg As tax reform picks up speed in Congress, special-interest groups are storming Capitol Hill to ensure that they get favorable tax treatment. Fortunately, some groups— like credit unions— are looking out for the interests of hard-working Americans in this tax...

No fix for the gas tax

by Scott Mooneyham As legislators approved major changes to the state’s tax code this summer, some spoke about the legislation being only the first step to rework North Carolina’s tax structure. In political circles, the talk elicited plenty of skepticism. Lawmakers had already...

What McCrory is counting on

by John Hood When the July jobs report for North Carolina came out last week, showing an uptick in the unemployment rate, all the usual suspects said all the usual things. Republicans whose main focus is national politics blamed President Barack Obama. Democrats who main focus is...

Brushing aside the governor, again

by Chris Fitzsimon (Editor’s note — this column was written Friday before Tuesday’s vote that overrode the governor’s vetoes) It now seems very likely that Republican lawmakers will ignore the wishes of Republican Governor Pat McCrory next week and vote to override his vetoes of...

The case of the missing nonvoters

by Susan Myrick With the passage of HB 589 VIVA/Election Reform, the North Carolina legislature has produced the first comprehensive update of our election laws in several decades. Until now our safeguards consisted of voters stating their names and addresses at the time they...

McCrory faces pay questions

by Scott Mooneyham Nothing appears to get the public riled up so much as big, juicy pay hikes to the underlings of the politically powerful. People don’t care that both political parties are guilty; they give no quarter that the jobs involved can be pressure-packed and require...

McCrory uses risky vetoes

by Scott Mooneyham Some people may be surprised by Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills last week. After all, he’s a Republican. The legislature is controlled by Republicans. Surely these folks are operating from the same playbook, right? Except that’s not how...