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...

Lawmakers fail to account for resistance to change

by Scott Mooneyham With another legislative session in North Carolina completed, the postmortems have begun, and most have not been very kind to the honorables. Many of the honorables, at least those in the Republican majority, are likely taking comfort from pats on the back by...

Who is minding the pork?

Capital Press Association by Scott Mooneyham As long as there is politics, there will be this thing that people refer to as pork. As the word is batted about, it is important to consider what pork is and what it is not. Pork, in a political context, implies fat, that there is...

Tax reform transforms into old debate

by Scott Mooneyham With the word “reform” in the air, the debate turned into an old one. For state Rep. David Lewis, a Republican and small business owner from Harnett County, it was about putting more money into the pockets of taxpayers, letting that money and...