Category: Civil Society

  • Cooper, Stein move to drop appeal of ruling in voter ID case

      RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, both Democrats, said Tuesday they’ve abandoned the state’s appeal of a court ruling that overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law. GOP  leaders called the act a “politically motivated stunt.” Cooper’s office sent a letter discharging outside counsel hired to appeal…

  • 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…

  • Michael Novak, R.I.P.

    Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Michael Novak has died at age 83. After a 2010 speech in Raleigh, Novak told CarolinaJournal.com that religious faith played a critical role in the founding of the American constitutional republic.

  • 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…

  • New group goes beyond ‘no,’ seeks better ‘yes’

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 699: When primarily left-of-center groups offer big-government solutions to address society’s ills, limited-government advocates often respond “no.” But there’s no reason for the discussion to end there. Charitable and private-sector groups often can address problems with much greater effectiveness. That’s the idea behind…

  • High-profile N.C. election contests feature debates this week

    Candidates vying for two of North Carolina’s highest-profile political jobs face each other in public debates during the next week. Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, both Republican incumbents, face their respective Democratic challengers, state Attorney General Roy Cooper and former state Rep. Deborah Ross. Carolina Journal Editor-in-Chief…

  • Campaign update, September 19, 2016

    • There won’t be any “grand bargain” on House Bill 2 after all: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced this morning that the Charlotte City Council would not consider a measure repealing the city ordinance that prompted H.B. 2. Had the council voted to repeal, then the General Assembly…