Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

Atkinson: Dems didn’t do enough to help SAT test takers

The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday.  North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points.   The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade. Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of Public Instruction took a different angle.  AccordingContinue Reading






NC teachers being voluntarily exploited by Gene Nichol

The thing to remember about Gene Nichol’s latest News & Observer op-ed, “NC teachers being voluntarily exploited,” is that it is simply the latest in a sustained narrative designed to embarrass and discredit legislative leaders and Governor McCrory.  Where in his op-ed does he offer anything that may be construed as a policy recommendation?  Indeed,Continue Reading






Another budget extension….

Guess what?! Another budget extension.  Another extension gives lawmakers until September 18th to complete work on the state’s two-year spending plan.  The Senate had quite a few give their opinion about the dragging budget talks, but the bill to extend funding passed the Senate 37-6.  A short fifteen minutes later, the House passed the legislationContinue Reading






TX comptroller releases 50-state scorecard

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts published a nifty 50-state scorecard available here.  (For the rankings in each category, go here.) The scorecard includes a number of business, economic, demographic, and tax rankings for the 50 states. For example, North Carolina ranks 2nd in business tax burden but 49th in gas tax rate.  In addition,Continue Reading






Public school jobs: A five year summary

For years, I published an annual newsletter that summarized vacant school jobs listed on the The North Carolina Public Schools Application System.  Although I did not publish one this year, the following summarizes vacancies over the last five years: August 21, 2015 810 Licensed positions (includes teachers, principals, counselors, media supervisors, social workers, and speechContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

She became the focal point for criticism about the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, but now Aldona Wos is out as that department’s secretary. Rick Henderson assesses Wos’ legacy and discusses new secretary Rick Brajer during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear highlights from Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement ofContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the agreement among legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory about the size of the new state budget’s spending increase. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on N.C. Democrats’ electoral priorities for 2016.






Gov. Pat McCrory signs law allowing for armed security at Guard offices

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that would allow certain members of the National Guard to carry weapons in public places, such as recruiting centers and armories. “We must fulfill our obligation to protect those who protect us,” McCrory said. “This law will give the National Guard the tools they need to keep themselves,Continue Reading