Are there timeless rules for investing?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options. Economics is a discipline that changes as...

Will the bipartisan $22 billion House budget vote stick?

by Patrick Gannon The strong, bipartisan vote in favor of the state House budget showed that the 120-member chamber is becoming at least slightly more moderate, that Republicans are yielding a little ground to Democrats and that Democrats are willing to go along as long as they...

Four reasons to back education savings accounts

by Bob Luebke School choice remains a top education priority for the Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly. While much of the focus this legislative session has been on stabilizing and expanding existing programs and quietly waiting on the state Supreme Court to...

Nepotism or not? Does it really matter?

by Patrick Gannon It’s fairly rare that news out of state government surprises the seasoned and cynical reporters who cover the statehouse. But an investigative audit released recently by State Auditor Beth Wood had the press room at the Legislative Building buzzing. Not only did...

Ask the right questions for school reform

by John Hood Call me a starry-eyed optimist. I don’t assume that those who disagree with me about school reform are out to destroy the education system. I assume they share my goal of expanding educational opportunities and getting a better rate of return on money spent on...

Four reasons to back education savings accounts

by Bob Luebke School choice remains a top education priority for the Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly. While much of the focus this legislative session has been on stabilizing and expanding existing programs and quietly waiting on the state Supreme Court to...

Nepotism or not? Does it really matter?

by Patrick Gannon It’s fairly rare that news out of state government surprises the seasoned and cynical reporters who cover the statehouse. But an investigative audit released recently by State Auditor Beth Wood had the press room at the Legislative Building buzzing. Not only did...

Starting point on road funds

by John Hood Republican lawmakers in Raleigh are grappling with two conflicting desires: 1) addressing the demonstrable need to repair and expand North Carolina’s system of roads and bridges, while 2) maintaining their commitments to fiscal restraint and North Carolina taxpayers....

Three reasons the future is conservative

by Jim Tynen The cliché is that conservatives are stuck in the past, but the truth is that our ideas provide the best way to move into an increasingly turbulent future. Of course, conservatives respect the past and draw inspiration from it. At the same time, American...

Just getting started at General Assembly

by Patrick Gannon Last week felt a lot like the culmination of a legislative session, but we’re not even close. Combined, the House and Senate passed more than 200 bills during the week, sending them over to the opposite chamber for consideration. (I’ll bet if you asked your...

Magistrates’ religious refusal is simply discrimination in disguise

Point of View by T. Shawn Long Last week, a column writer described a lawsuit filed earlier this year by magistrates who quit their jobs in order to not have to serve gay folks who wanted to get married (“N.C. case may roil U.S. religion debate,” April 30, 2015). These...

Almost all African-Americans won by landslides – or by default

by Patrick Gannon Of the 11 African-Americans elected to the state Senate last year, eight took their seats with no opposition last November. The remaining three won by garnering an average of 71 percent of the votes against opponents. There were no close contests in Senate...