Category Archives: Media

Rodney Ellis does his best Alex Jones

Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), recently outlined his conspiracy theory about the origins and intent of Republican education policy.  In a recent podcast titled “Some Disassembly Conspired: The Plot Against Public Education,” Ellis says, If you took the time and really connect the dots of what has happened –Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

The latest Carolina Journal Online parody highlights a proposed episode of “Naked and Afraid” featuring North Carolina’s governor and Charlotte’s mayor. (Remember, folks, it’s a parody.) The Daily Journal focuses on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper’s complaint that Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget plan uses some one-time money for education purposes.






A few of the assumptions made in arguing economic disaster from the Bathroom Bill

Projecting huge economic losses to the state from HB2 is apparently so easy, an after-school news-clipping temp job can do it in a number of weeks. How is that? Part is the fact that reporters are essentially wearing “KEEP CALM and GIVE US YOUR BIGGEST NUMBER TO RUN ON” shirts. I wrote earlier this month that (emphasis added): oneContinue Reading






Brian Lewis gets it right

I agree with Brian Lewis, former lobbyist for the NC Association of Educators and Managing Partner at New Frame, Inc. Let’s have an honest conversation about K-12 education spending – one that acknowledges all missteps along the way.






Hood’s ‘Catalyst’ to be featured today on ‘North Carolina Bookwatch’

John Hood discusses Catalyst, his political biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin, during today’s 5 p.m. episode of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC Public Television.






Review of WRAL’s “Grading Teacher Pay”

Last night, WRAL aired “Grading Teacher Pay,” a short documentary examining various aspects of the teacher pay debate in North Carolina.  I posted some thoughts on the documentary here. My general take is that it “was like a Jim Hunt Big Mac, hold the Berger.”






Newsweek asks: “Why Are They Hiding the Good News About Fracking?”

Jeff Stier’s column for Newsweek begins: Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies. The result? There’s no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret. Why would a public research university boasting a top-100 geology program deliberately hideContinue Reading






Thomas supporters strike back against biased HBO film

Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a response to HBO’s recent movie distorting the record of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. Thomas’s supporters argue that the complete volume of evidence—including sealed congressional testimony that has never previously been published in full—raises questions about Hill’s claims. They are speaking outContinue Reading