Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

Carolina Rising, Civitas counter first ‘Moral Monday’ protest of 2014 legislative session

As liberal critics of North Carolina’s Republican governor and GOP-led General Assembly gathered for their first so-called “Moral Monday” protest of the 2014 legislative session, the activist group Carolina Rising and the Civitas Institute held a news conference to counter the criticism. Click play below to watch the 12:49 news briefing with: Dallas Woodhouse, presidentContinue Reading

Sen. Terry Van Duyn declares support for redistricting reform

If the GOP majority in Raleigh ever decides to pursue redistricting reform, they’ll have an ally in Sen. Terry Van Duyn. Van Duyn, a Buncombe County Democrat, was recently appointed to the Senate to take the seat left vacant when Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, died earlier this year. “I think we have too many peopleContinue Reading

Drawing the Wrong Conclusion XIII — the everything isn’t everything edition

While parked at Duke University I had a bumper sticker ripped from my car that simply said “Question Global Warming.” — Roy Cordato, 6/7/2009 The last entry in this series was impressed by a North Carolina politician able to say two contradictory things in one breath without laughing, which reminded me of the “Farmer Test”Continue Reading

The return to ‘crown government’

Americans overthrew a crown government with the successful Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. But George Mason University law professor Frank Buckley argues that we’re returning to a crown government today as the president exercises an increasing amount of power. Buckley discussed that argument and his new book, The Once and Future King: TheContinue Reading

A film incentives sunset?

I’m encouraged to see today that there may be a shift happening at the General Assembly on the issue of film incentives.  The Locke Foundation has long argued that North Carolina’s film tax incentives are a poor use of taxpayer funds and that, rather than choosing favored industries to be the beneficiaries of special taxContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 19, 2014

• WRAL’s fact-checking team makes it a trifecta, joining Factcheck.org and The Washington Post concluding that an ad from Senate Majority PAC attacking GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis is false (a “red light,” in WRAL’s lingo). Meantime, John Locke Foundation President John Hood says the Senate Majority PAC might be able to justify its erroneousContinue Reading

TIME tackles the recent higher ed silliness

It’s not just right-of-center commentators taking note of recent silliness involving college commencement ceremonies. The latest issue of TIME tackles the topic as well. Zealous students at such institutions as Brandeis University, Smith College and Rutgers University have leveraged social media to drive away invited graduation–day speakers. They make it look so easy that studentsContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor looks at the Great Society at 50

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s assesses the history of the Great Society programs Lyndon Johnson launched on May 22, 1964. For better and for worse, we live in Johnson’s Great Society. The most important changes of social conditions in the U.S. in the past 50 years involve the goals that Johnson defined: an end to racialContinue Reading