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

California v. Texas = Dependency v. Opportunity

Over at sister blog The Locker Room, Mitch Kokai blogs about the latest example of the negative impact of progressive policies on an economy. This time the measurement is housing starts. The City of Houston reportedly had more single-family housing starts in a three-year period than did the entire state of California. Stunning — butContinue 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

More Obamacare-Imposed Misery Ahead

As North Carolina’s fiscal reformers in the legislature, and the governor, work to put in place policies that lead to economic growth, they face the Obamacare mess from the federal government. Here are comments from Dan Danner, president and CEO of NFIB. To add insult to injury, a hidden tax within the law is comingContinue 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

Can’t See the Vision for the Construction Crews – How Many Years?

Hendersonville was recognized as a ”Great Main Street” by the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association. Granted, every street is probably number-one on some list and last on another. Awards can be a greater reflection of kissing up than actual greatness, whatever that is. BUT, a photographer was able to take a photo betweenContinue Reading