GREENSBORO — The Winston-Salem Journal took a different tack from most major N.C. newspapers immediately after Election Day when it called for a nonpartisan Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education. The Journal’s editorial addressed a debate that has been brewing in Forsyth County for some time.
DURHAM — Speculation over whether Congress might reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, which the FCC repealed in 1987, and possibly extend its reach beyond traditional broadcast media to include the Internet has been growing over the past several months.
GREENSBORO — Greensboro voters might have turned down a $50 million bond to retrofit the city-owned War Memorial Auditorium, but there’s still plenty of public money waiting to be spent on the immediate area surrounding the deteriorating auditorium.
RALEIGH — The columnist George Will once called Milton Friedman “America's most consequential public intellectual of the 20th Century.” Friedman's work has had a major impact in most areas of public policy, including discussions about environmental quality. Earlier this year, Richard Stroup, visiting professor of economics at N.C. State University, discussed “Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom, and Environmental Quality” for the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society. He also highlighted Friedman’s influence during a discussion with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.
RALEIGH — Improved Career and Technical Education programs could help lower North Carolina’s public school dropout rate while helping more students prepare for the workforce. Those are key findings in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
RALEIGH — Most elementary school art classes encourage students to experience the world of art through exploration and creativity, but Bette Fetter, founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts, a free-market after-school program, says that’s not enough to instill a love of art in children.
RALEIGH — The indictments of two former members of the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem and a private developer in a property-flipping scheme have triggered much-needed local reform and better transparency in a federal program dogged by corruption nationwide, officials say.
RALEIGH — Chatham County landowners would bear the costs of a "radical" land-use plan designed to benefit a small, politically connected elite. That's the conclusion of a new John Locke Foundation Regional Brief.
RALEIGH — Candidates spoke during the campaign season about the federal income tax, payroll tax, and capital gains tax. They said little about excise taxes. Kristina Rasmussen, director of government affairs for the National Taxpayers Union, contends those excise taxes affect people every day in ways they don’t even realize. She discussed the issue with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.
RALEIGH — North Carolina drivers would pay higher taxes and fees, tolls on some of the state’s busiest roads, and a new charge tied to every mile they drive, if the next General Assembly adopts ideas percolating through the 21st Century Transportation Committee. That committee could adopt those ideas next week.
RALEIGH — A majority of sampled applicants enrolled in the free and reduced-price lunch program in North Carolina can’t prove eligibility to participate, according to verification summaries from the state’s 115 school districts.
CHARLOTTE — Facts have become an “endangered species” in American political debate, a change that leaves voters without the tools they need to make informed decisions. That’s the assessment the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor offered during a John Locke Foundation Headliner luncheon Monday.
RALEIGH — Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, recently addressed a John Locke Foundation Headliner luncheon in Raleigh. He also discussed his book, Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor, with Mitch Kokai for Carolina Journal Radio.
RALEIGH -- In an apparent conflict of interest, Elizabethtown businessman D. M. "Mac" Campbell Jr. owns the only vehicle and license plate renewal office in Bladen County while he also serves as a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation.
[Updated with response from Campbell]
ASHEBORO — Four months after finding that the State Employees’ Health Plan was on track to finish the fiscal year $264 million in the red, N.C. legislators yet have to agree on a plan to stop the bleeding.
RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.