Archive: Quick Takes

  • Spellings Challenges UNC To Do More Than Educate Elites

    Making higher education more affordable while enhancing accountability to North Carolina taxpayers highlighted remarks UNC President-Elect Margaret Spellings gave to the university’s Board of Governors at a Feb. 12 retreat. During her presentation, the former U.S. secretary of education for the George W. Bush administration pledged to expand diversity across…

  • Victory For Mount Airy Property Owners

    As concerns over the potential use of eminent domain have clouded a proposed CSX rail hub in Johnston County, the libertarian public-interest law firm Institute for Justice reports of a victory in January for several private property owners in Mount Airy whose land had been targeted for condemnation by a…

  • Remembering Scalia

    U.S. Supreme Court confirmation battles are "inevitable," the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia predicted in 2007.

  • N.C. Supreme Court Ends Redistricting Lawsuit

    While North Carolina waits on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on congressional redistricting, the N.C. Supreme Court has closed its books (for now) on legislative and congressional redistricting. According to North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders, the N.C. Supreme Court denied a motion by plaintiffs to rehear the case. In…

  • DMV Supervisor Flagged In Audit Placed On Leave

    A Division of Motor Vehicles supervisor who was identified in a Jan. 28 state audit as having a conflict of interest for selling and servicing fire extinguishers to some of the automotive dealerships he regulated is on administrative leave. The Insider reported Thursday that Wes Little — son of former…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 10, 2016

    • Down to the wire: Chief Justice of the U.S. John Roberts says the plaintiffs suing the state over its congressional maps must file a response by Tuesday explaining why the order demanding new maps should not be put on hold until after the March 15 primary. If Roberts (or all the…

  • Tennessee May Join North Carolina In Expanding School Choice

    Tennessee lawmakers will vote Feb. 11 on the Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act, a law that would allow parents of low-income students to use up to $6,628 of public money to attend private school. The voucher system is similar to North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013 by…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 9, 2016

    • The Club for Growth PAC, which is supporting Chatham County GOP Chairman Jim Duncan in the 2nd Congressional District primary, is on the air with this ad attacking incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers. The free-market group will spend $400,000 on the ad buy. • A new High…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 3, 2016

    • Debategate, round two? Attorney General Roy Cooper and former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Wake County, the Democratic Party’s presumed front-runners for governor and U.S. senate, respectively, still have refused to commit to debate their primary opponents, the N&O reports. Time Warner Cable News and WRAL have set…