Category Archives: Media

N&O’s Christensen chimes in on TA debate

Misconceptions and unsubstantiated claims abound in News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen’s latest offering, “Teacher aides in limbo again.” First, Christensen mentions former governor Jim Hunt’s efforts to raise reading achievement by hiring thousands of reading aids.  He writes, Two years later, in his 1979 State of the State address, Hunt would declare: “I amContinue Reading






Twitter and the future of presidential biographies

Tevi Troy explains in a New York Observer column why Twitter, despite its limitations, might prove valuable for future presidential biographers. President Obama recently joined Twitter, and his feed is already providing some insights into the president that might have been unavailable to the public in his first six years in office. His first tweetContinue Reading






Back in the day, this would end in a duel

Senator Brown’s response to Governor McCrory’s recent announcement that he will veto the sales tax fairness proposal: I can’t figure out if Pat thinks he is the Governor of Charlotte or the Mayor of North Carolina. Today, over 100 local officials from across the state came out in support of sales tax fairness. Sadly, theContinue Reading






Taylor Swift: Capitalist

Nicole Russell explains in a Federalist essay that Taylor Swift’s singing success can teach us a lot about capitalism. How do I love Taylor Swift? Let me count the ways. She writes upbeat music that triggers romantic nostalgia, she gives generously to her fans, and she lays the smackdown on super-successful companies who try toContinue Reading






Shakespeare without words … Another great government idea

Elizabeth Harrington documents for Washington Free Beacon readers a government effort to dis the Bard. The federal government has invested nearly $100,000 to bring Shakespeare to the stage—only without the legendary playwright’s words. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and its state agency the Virginia Commission for the Arts has funded numerous shows fromContinue Reading






What a coincidence! ANOTHER crony begs lawmakers to keep paying them for unsustainable energy

Remember just a few days ago I posted: …[T]he special interests, the moneyed interests, the big business getting in bed with legislators for special favors (where are the media? oh, in the same bed) … [are putting] all their money and ever-growing phalanx of lobbyists to use. Their strategy? Trot out a different recipient crony every day to do the Oliver Twist actContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The number of North Carolina homeschool students recently topped 100,000 for the first time. Terry Stoops analyzes recent homeschooling trends during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Louisiana State University constitutional scholar James Stoner assesses Magna Carta’s continuing significance 800 years after its signing. East Carolina history professor Tony Papalas explains how Greece’s currentContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Rick Henderson about Carolina Journal’s role in helping to resolve a beachfront property dispute between two African-American heirs and state government. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal focuses on the importance of paying public school teachers a market wage.