New speaker troubles Eeyore Caucus

by John Hood When the news broke that Rep. Tim Moore would be the Republican nominee for speaker of the North Carolina House and Rep. Mike Hager would be majority leader, the usual suspects did the usual things. Politicians seeking power, lobbyists seeking favors, and reporters...

Politicians are thankful, too

by Patrick Gannon Politicians and others involved in government in North Carolina have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. The N.C. Democratic Party can be thankful for Asheville and Buncombe County voters. Without them, the election would have been an unmiti-gated...

Charter schools prove their value

by Robert Luebke Recently The News & Observer and the (Wilmington) StarNews published an article that raised questions about charter schools in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the piece devoted a large chunk of news space to what was essentially a hit piece on charter schools,...

You decide: How are farming and manufacturing alike?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden I have a soft spot in my heart for both farmers and factory workers. One of my grandfathers was a farmer in Ohio during the early 1900s. My father — the eldest son — told me many stories of awakening before sunrise to do numerous chores before he...

Legends of the fall

by John Hood Why did Democrats have a disappointing midterm election? Ask the Democrats. They’ve been thinking about this a lot and offer many explanations. Let’s explore their various legends of the fall campaign. One is that they lost because of low turnout. Well, it’s true...

Americans to hypocritical green activists: You first

by Michael James Barton Billionaire Democrat activist Tom Steyer is using his fortune to combat what he thinks is the greatest threat to America. No, he isn’t financing operations against ISIS or injecting medical aid into Africa to stop Ebola. In an effort to help congressional...

Wake schools spend $138K per high school graduate

by Robert Luebke How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in Wake County? $50,000? $75,000? A new Civitas analysis shows that taxpayers spend about $138,507 from kindergarten through 12th grade for each Wake County Public School System student who...

The battle for political dominance like John Isner’s epic Wimbledon match

One on One by D.G. Martin What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner? Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that. Isner is known for his three-day 2010 Wimbledon match against French tennis player Nicholas Mahut. Isner...

Enough already? Not even close

by Patrick Gannon, Capitol Press Association The results of last week’s elections aren’t even official, yet the battle for one very important seat in 2016 —  North Carolina governor — has begun in earnest. And outside groups are already spending money on ads. Sigh. Neither...

Popular attractions can still waste N.C. money

by Brian Balfour When we talk about government waste, it’s important to remember that some of this state spending is about attractive projects that nevertheless aren’t core functions of government, and that can and should be supported by voluntary patrons and donors. Take the...

Three frustrating reminders from 2014 election’s last days

by Chris Fitzsimon As one of the most hotly contested mid-term elections in North Carolina history comes to a close, it’s worth noting some of the lessons that we have already learned regardless of who won and who lost. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity finds that...

Let’s spend like it’s 1969

by John Hood Government is far, far bigger than it used to be. Liberals generally cheer this development. Conservatives regret it. To understand the disagreement about this change, one must first understand the magnitude of the change. For the first century and a half of the...