Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Charter school advocacy groups merging

    The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association soon will consolidate to form the North Carolina Association of Public Charter Schools, the new organization announced last week. Plans for the merger were finalized on Oct. 6 at a joint board meeting of…

  • Western Carolina students challenge campus ‘free speech zones’

    A Young Americans for Liberty group at Western Carolina University is protesting what it calls “free speech zones” on campus that the group says suppress First Amendment rights — but university officials deem the institution’s policies reasonable for the protection of its students, faculty, and staff. Current WCU rules require that…

  • Campaign update: September 20, 2016

    • The latest Elon University Poll suggests that House Bill 2 may not be the GOP-killer Democrats expected. While a near-majority of likely voters opposes the “bathroom bill” (49.5 percent against, 39.5 percent for), that opposition hasn’t doomed the re-election prospects of Gov. Pat McCrory. The incumbent Republican leads Democratic…

  • Back to the drawing board for NCGA districts, court says

    State lawmakers will once again have the task of redrawing districts — this time, their own — if a three-judge ruling released Thursday stands. The opinion, written by U.S. 4th Circuit Judge James Wynn and joined by U.S. District Judges Thomas Schroeder and Catherine Eagles, found that race was…

  • Wake school board filing opens Thursday

    The filing period for all nine Wake County school board seats opens at noon Thursday and ends at noon Wednesday, Aug. 17. The State Board of Elections approved the filing period during an emergency meeting on Wednesday held by teleconference. The meeting was called after Gary Sims, director of elections…

  • Voter ID appeal headed to Supreme Court

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused on Thursday to put a hold on its order striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law and related election reforms while the opinion is on appeal. State Republican leaders have appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. State GOP Executive Director Dallas…

  • NCGA lawyers file new maps for Wake County elections

    Attorneys for legislative leaders have filed new maps with the U.S. District Court and are urging the judge handling the case to approve the maps for the 2016 election for Wake County commissioners and school board members. The maps divide Wake County into seven districts and two…

  • Growing tax collections trigger corporate rate cut

    By collecting $21.3 billion in General Fund revenues during the 2015-16 fiscal year, the corporate income tax rate will drop to 3 percent in January. That trigger was included in the budget that was adopted in September 2015. “Even in an environment of historic tax cuts saving taxpayers more than…

  • 4th Circuit ruling may cut back early voting options

    The decision on Friday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down North Carolina’s 2013 election law reforms could result in fewer early voting sites. And those sites could be open for fewer hours. “There’s no longer an hours-matching requirement,” said Josh Lawson, legal counsel for the State…

  • Senators double down ‘web of denial’ allegations vs. JLF

    A letter dated July 22, sent by nine Democratic U.S. senators to John Locke Foundation President and CEO Kory Swanson and the heads of 21 other free-market public-policy organizations, restated accusations that the groups are part of a “web of denial” about the role of human activity in climate change and…