Incumbents squash challengers in fundraising

Chalk it up as another way that incumbent legislators in general have a distinct advantage over challengers in N.C. General Assembly races this and every other election year. Besides the name recognition and the drawing of legislative districts to favor one political party over...

A cynic’s guide to shutting down the short session

The curtains could come down on the General Assembly’s short session in the next week or two, about a month later than legislative leaders predicted before the 2014 session started. But just in case, and for future reference, here are five cynical ways to end the short session...

Lawmakers: This isn’t medical marijuana

As state legislators debated allowing the use of an extract from marijuana plants to treat seizure disorders over the past couple of weeks, it was evident that social conservatives — there are many of them in the General Assembly — felt a tinge of unease about it, even as almost...

In a bottom-line world, let’s examine the bottom line

by Scott Mooneyham A top executive from a for-profit online education company has been making the rounds lately trying to sell the idea of a virtual charter school to state policymakers. Mary Gifford, who is senior vice president for education policy at K12 Inc., spoke to a study...

Black robes huddling in the shadows

by Scott Moonyham When any part of a scandal involving a public entity or well-known person becomes public, the details usually come out as well. Try as they might, by hiring lawyers or hiding behind secretive processes, those involved generally have trouble covering up the...