Archive: Daily Journal

  • A focus on rules in pursuit of freedom

    RALEIGH — It’s no surprise that N.C. legislators might disagree about regulatory reforms that make substantive changes to state policies. Some might prefer larger development buffers or more frequent inspections. Plans to scrap a controversial rule can lead to heated debate. But the proposed Regulatory Reform Act filed as…

  • Pick your fights, governor

    Gov. Roy Cooper soon must deal with the first piece of legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. The way he handles House Bill 39 could signal how combative the governor will be the rest of the session. H.B. 39 would reduce the number of seats on the UNC…

  • Determining who ‘runs’ the schools

    RALEIGH — Ask a relatively well-informed North Carolinian to identify who “runs” the state’s public schools, and you’re likely to hear a range of responses. And that’s not just because of poor civics education. Local superintendents and elected school boards make decisions for 115 school districts across the state’s 100…

  • Citizens United facilitates discussion, to the chagrin of the left

    Citizens United, or  Citizens United v. FEC, is a 2010 case in which the Supreme Court struck down limits to independent political expenditures on First Amendment freedom of speech grounds. The ruling didn’t affect lobbying activities and direct contributions to political parties and candidates that continue to be subject…

  • Bust bullying, boost school success

    Mean girls and callous boys are nothing new. They’ve stalked school hallways and commandeered cafeterias for years. Yet bullies’ arsenal of pain-inflicting tools has never been more relentless; smartphones and social media platforms have erased boundaries of time and space. Anytime, anywhere: So go the slings and arrows of the…