Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

Voter suppression? You can’t prove it by this year’s turnout

People trying to prove that election laws passed by the General Assembly last year amount to minority voter suppression are going to have a hard time with this one: African American voter turnout increased in this year’s general election compared to the latest midterm election in 2010. According to data just released by the StateContinue Reading

Conservatives should abandon paternalism and choose freedom

Last week, I wrote that Governor Pat McCrory should liberalize alcohol laws, ending the prohibition on drinking for young adults. This week, I wonder if McCrory is hostile to the idea of liberalizing any drug laws. In an interview with WITN, the governor shrugged off the idea of marijuana legalization with an appeal to paternalism and theContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the McCrory administration’s long-range transportation plan. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal focuses on the sources of N.C. government funding.

In case you missed it …

Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” program asked the John Locke Foundation to assess North Carolina’s debate over Medicaid expansion.

Public Schools are largest expenditure in NC General Fund Budget

The total budget for NC is closer to $50 billion and Health and Human Services is higher when we look at total spending.  But at the state General Fund level, public schools are by far the largest expenditure.  See this bar chart published by the Office of State Budget and Management.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on expert assessments of Gov. Pat McCrory’s lawsuit challenging legislative appointment powers. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights opportunities for bipartisan cooperation on education reforms.

In case you missed him …

Rick Henderson analyzed for Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” Gov. Pat McCrory’s relationships with social conservatives and top legislative leaders.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that the commission charged with replacing Common Core school standards has no money to do its work. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal reports on the opening stages of North Carolina’s latest state budget process.