Category Archives: Media

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






Teacher “crisis” averted in Guilford County

In an article written by N.C. Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner, Guilford County Schools (GCS) official Nora Carr sounded the alarm on the number of teacher vacancies in her district.  She blamed state legislators for the unfilled positions. I commented on the story here. Yesterday, the Greensboro News & Record published a “sidebar” (i.e., call asContinue Reading






NC not big spenders on Ashley Madison

According to data scientist Jake Popham, North Carolina is 28th in per capita spending on extramarital dating site Ashley Madison.  Alabama receives the title of “Most Unfaithful State in America” with Colorado, Washington DC, New Jersey, and Connecticut rounding out the top five.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online the reaction to new state backyard poultry regulations. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal probes mainstream media outlets’ approach to the controversial Planned Parenthood videos.






Wake busing: A trip down memory lane

Remember when the Republican members of the Wake County school board were attacked for their decision to eliminate Wake County’s busing policy?  (If you need a reminder, I listed a few articles about it below).  Although the Democratic majority largely maintained their predecessors’ student assignment policy, the outrage machine appears to be pretty quiet.  It’sContinue Reading






N&O opposes desegregation of schools

Not really. But poor headline writing bit the newspaper in the behind this morning.






Clinton emails remind Woodward of Watergate

Eddie Scarry notes for the Washington Examiner that one of the reporters most responsible for uncovering the Watergate scandal sees similarities in the current controversy engulfing Hillary Clinton. Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on Monday compared the email controversy engulfing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. On MSNBC’sContinue Reading






There’s a dark cloud hovering over Liza Minnelli

Through no fault of her own, maybe, singer/actress Liza Minnelli is at the center of a public records dispute in North Carolina. She, along with the North Carolina Symphony, is the inaugural performer at Cape Fear Community College’s $41 million Humanities and Fine Arts Center, brought to us by the taxpayers. Yet when local station WECT askedContinue Reading