Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Protesters Welcome Spellings To Post At UNC

    UNC President Margaret Spellings was greeted Tuesday, her first day on the job, by student protests at six campuses around the state. UNC Chapel Hill’s campus was the hub of the action, with a few hundred students walking out of class to assemble on the quad. The familiar chants that have…

  • Campaign dispatch, March 1, 2016

    • As you await Super Tuesday results … • Ad wars: The presumed front-runners for each major party’s Senate nomination are on the air. Democrat Deborah Ross emphasizes economic security and “fairness.” GOP incumbent Richard Burr highlights national security: • The winners of a Beaufort County Republican…

  • Poll: Support For School Choice Increasing, Diversifying

    Grass-roots support for school choice is surging among millennial, Hispanic, and black voters around the nation, according to a recent poll from the American Federation for Children. AFC, an organization working to expand school choice for K-12 students in the United States, found that 70 percent of Americans express…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 23, 2016

    • While plenty of ink has been spilled over the impending June 7 primary race between incumbent GOP Reps. Renee Ellmers and George Holding in the 2nd Congressional District (Holding has said he’ll abandon his 13th District seat and challenge the three-termer), 9th District Rep. Robert Pittenger has…

  • UNC-CH Faculty Pressuring Spellings To Protect LGBTQ Programs

    UNC system President-elect Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education in the George W. Bush administration, now faces an official faculty request to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer academic initiatives as she prepares to take office March 1. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Faculty Council on Feb. 19 approved…

  • Court Tosses Judicial Retention Election

    A three-judge Superior Court panel has ruled that the state’s fledgling judicial retention system for N.C. Supreme Court justices is unconstitutional. The ruling immediately affects this year’s race by Associate Justice Robert Edmunds, who is seeking another term in the state’s highest court. The judicial retention law, passed by the…

  • Campaign dispatch, February 17, 2016

    • Endorsement time! State Treasurer Janet Cowell, a Democrat who’s chosen not to seek a third term, is backing former Wake County Democratic Party head Dan Blue III in her party’s primary. Blue also has the support of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Service Employees International…

  • Federal Grand Jury Indicts Couple Featured In CJ Tax Fraud Story

    A federal grand jury today indicted Walda Luna and Perfecto Ruano of Wallace for conspiracy to commit mail fraud by filing fraudulent tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The couple was featured last month in Carolina Journal after the Raleigh office…

  • 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…