Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Is the ice jam starting to break on occupation licensing reform?

How hard is occupational licensing reform? This hard. In May 2015 the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics published a review of the previous four decades’ worth of de-licensing efforts, and here’s what they found: our research of state legislative audit committee records, CLEAR reports, and various other sources has revealed only eight instances of theContinue Reading






Redistricting reform experts, advocates share ideas at Duke

Those pushing for an alternative to gerrymandered election districts in North Carolina and across the country spent most of the past two days debating the issue at Duke University. I joined pollster Celinda Lake, journalist/author David Daley, and Common Cause NC director Bob Phillips for the final panel discussion, which you can view at 2:30:40Continue Reading






Say what you really mean, Mayor Roberts

Geez—getting her “what’s expected be a difficult reelection campaign” underway, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts comes out with guns ablazin against —do I even need to say it—President Trump: In fundraising emails to supporters, the Democratic mayor said Trump is “moving at a breakneck pace on his dangerous agenda” and has “peddled racist, xenophobic and sexistContinue Reading






Districts solicit homeschoolers to boost enrollment, revenue

After years of losing enrollment and market share to homeschools, school districts are looking for ways to bring them back into the district system, mostly to boost revenues.  Last year, Tammy Covil wrote about school district recruitment efforts that invite homeschool families to enroll in district-sponsored e-learning academies.  She wrote, Earlier this month, an articleContinue Reading






Gorsuch and Chevron

Among the reasons some right-of-center legal eagles like the prospect of adding Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is his stance on legal precedents involving federal administrative agencies. Tara Helfman explains in a Commentary column. Nowhere has Gorsuch more boldly proven his commitment to a constitutional policing of the separation of powers thanContinue Reading






Rep. Brawley: A champion for school choice

In his North State Journal op-ed, Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg), chairman of the House Finance Committee, affirms his commitment to the Opportunity Scholarship Program and urges his colleagues to do the same. Thanks to these reforms, parents no longer face a one-size-fits-all, top-down bureaucratic approach to their child’s public education in North Carolina. Our stateContinue Reading






Politics? There’s no politics in baseball

David Harsanyi of the Federalist offers one surefire way to ruin baseball: Inject politics into the game. Jayson Stark, a longtime baseball writer at ESPN.com, recently asked if Major League Baseball players’ lack of political involvement was an abdication of their responsibility as citizens: “Is 2017 the time for a new code of conduct? IsContinue Reading






Now that Trump has opened the door

Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner explores the possibility of more celebrity presidential candidates in 2020. A slew of potential presidential candidates for 2020 have emerged in recent weeks. From company CEOs to talk show hosts, some are voicing thoughts about entering the race against President Trump in three years. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hadContinue Reading