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Friday, October, 31 2014

Nov. 10 In Raleigh: Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol On Election Results

You’re invited to hear election perspective from one of the most respected national analysts working today: Bill Kristol. Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m. Renaissance Hotel, 4100 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609 – View Map Price: $40 – Purchase tickets here. Join us for a post-election analysis with one of the country’s most […]

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Did UNC’s academic/athletic malfeasance start in 1993?

The staggering finding by Kenneth L. Wainstein’s investigation into UNC-Chapel Hill’s “shadow curriculum” for athletes — discussed in some detail by Jane Shaw at the Pope Center — was that it lasted not one year, not a few years, but an entire generation, from 1993 to 2011, involving (and I would say victimizing) thousands of […]

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A Sure Sign Regulators Have Over-Stepped

Teeth whitening — who can provide the service in our state and who can’t — is now the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case. The N.C. Board of Dental Examiners wants to keep non-dentists from providing the service. Carolina Journal reported on the case/issue in 2012. The eight-member dental board was created by the General […]

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Some Have Just Given Up Hope

There was a time when Americans presumed they would be better off than their parents, and parents hoped they would live to see the day when their kids prospered. But is that still possible today? Is there an expectation that if you work hard, you will naturally prosper? There are competing polls on how Americans […]

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Will We Rub Our Hands And Wait, Or Will We Act?

Having grown up in a working class family where money was always short and we sometimes went without, I am particularly drawn to writing about how best to help the poor. That’s why I read this column distributed to the Herald-Sun by the progressives at N.C. Policy Watch and written by Sarah Jacobson of  the […]

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Triangle's Greatest Hits

In Defense of (Most) Photojournalism

Regardless of the recent examples of unethical photojournalism, most photographers have very high standards.

Will TTA Use Eminent Domain?

Many in the Triangle fear the TTA will resort to Kelo-style eminent domain condemnations.

The Joke's on U

In the new movie, "Accepted," a group of friends make up their own college after being rejected by real ones. The real joke is, the hoax college isn't any more outrageous than many real ones.

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By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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