Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Campaign dispatch, April 19, 2016: Elon Poll edition

    • A new Elon University Poll  of registered N.C. voters defies the conventional wisdom (and the media narrative) about House Bill 2: A near-majority (49 percent) said the state should not allow cities to mandate “ungendered” (my term) bathrooms, changing facilities, etc. 39 percent were OK with the…

  • ‘Achievement School District’ Plan Gets House Committee Nod

    A state House committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to advance a bill creating an “achievement school district” that is intended to boost North Carolina’s lowest performing schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg, proposes a special Achievement School District that would take over operations of as many as…

  • Voter ID Complaints Not Limited To N.C.

    In a reaction similar to the one following North Carolina’s March 15 primary election, Wisconsin liberals are protesting that the state’s voter ID laws impaired voter rights and complicated processes during its April 5 primary. The Huffington Post recently reported that some voters — particularly those with lower incomes or disabilities…

  • Efforts To Ease Alabama Alcohol Distribution Rules Mirror N.C.’s

    North Carolina is not the only state in which mom-and-pop alcohol producers are seeking a break from restrictions on their ability to market their products. Alabama wineries and distilleries may soon see state lawmakers ease regulations that now prevent smaller operations from competing against alcohol industry giants. One Alabama rule allows…

  • Campaign dispatch, March 28, 2016

    • Freshman Rep. Alma Adams, D-12th District, again will get a boost from EMILY’s List, the fundraising arm of pro-choice advocacy groups. The group and its political action committee provided roughly $300,000 for Adams’ successful 2014 campaign. • Greensboro’s Adams may need the help; she’ll have to fend off…

  • Campaign dispatch, March 23, 2016

    • Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who’s running for governor against incumbent Pat McCrory, posts a video opposing the special legislative session dealing with (among other things) Charlotte’s so-called “bathroom ordinance.” Cooper supports the ordinance.   • The McCrory campaign responded to Cooper’s video and announcement. • More candidates…

  • Charleston Tour Guides Challenge Licensing Law

    Tour guides in Charleston, S.C., face arrest if they are not licensed by the city to share the town’s history with visitors. The occupational licensing rule requires applicants to pass a 200-question written exam with a grade of 80 percent or higher — in addition to passing an oral exam…

  • Campaign dispatch, March 21, 2016

    • While we don’t know if the congressional districts drawn last month in a special session of the General Assembly will stand up in federal court, candidate filing for the scheduled June 7 primary is under way. All incumbents have said they’ll seek re-election, but…

  • Study Suggests Voucher Students Less Likely To Commit Crimes

    A new study from the University of Arkansas finds that crime rates among students in private school voucher programs are lower than those among students who attend traditional public schools. The research,  conducted by doctoral student Corey DeAngelis and professor Patrick Wolf, scrutinizes the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program — the…