Category: Business and Regulations

  • Stay the course in 2018 for short-session success

    The N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to return for the 2018 short legislative session on Wednesday, May 16. There’s speculation on what they will do and just how short the short session will be. Analysts and lobbyists are asking where they will go and what it will mean beyond the…

  • Economic freedom, press freedom go hand in hand

    Freedom of the press and the freedom to operate in a free and open market is critical to maintaining the ideals of liberty and democracy. Those points are unassailable. Going further, snarky, mean-spirited and even physically threatening attacks on credible journalists must stop.

  • Familiar names (and residency issues) add drama to SD 34 primary

    Republican primary, state Senate District 34 (Iredell and Yadkin Counties) A.J. Daoud. Education: B.S. Barry University, MBA University of Phoenix. Occupation: Funeral director, including Huff Funeral Home in Yadkin County. Career highlights: Former police officer. Sixth Congressional District Chairman for NCGOP. N.C. Lottery Commissioner. William “Bill” Howell. Education: A.S.

  • Small businesses and a ‘populist paradox’

    Small business leaders often point to government as one of the largest obstacles blocking their success. But that adversarial relationship has not always existed. UNC-Chapel Hill history professor Benjamin Waterhouse says small businesses once relied on government as an ally against large corporations. Waterhouse detailed the changing relationship between small…

  • Innovative School District: A promising idea for improving schools 

    In 2016, the General Assembly passed a bill that created the Achievement School District — later changed to the Innovative School District or ISD — which was tasked to coordinate the transfer of up to five persistently low-performing district schools to a charter school operator. The purpose of the legislation was straightforward — assist district schools that…