Category: North Carolina

  • Cooper gets win over lawmakers in separation-of-powers dispute

    A three-judge Superior Court judge panel handed Gov. Roy Cooper a victory over the General Assembly in a continuing battle over appointments to state boards and commissions. The ruling, published late Friday, Aug. 31, said the legislature violated separation of powers by claiming the right to pick the majority…

  • Tuition cuts from NC Promise delivering results

    Major tuition cuts are paying off at three North Carolina universities. Data released Aug. 31 show jumps in enrollment at a handful of schools in the University of North Carolina System. The change comes after the legislature’s 2016 passage of NC Promise…

  • Will constitutional amendments affect voter turnout in N.C.?

    This November, lawsuits permitting, North Carolinians will vote in referendums on six constitutional amendments. The issues they will address are crime victims’ rights, a right to hunt and fish, the method for filling vacancies on the states’ courts, the establishment of a bipartisan elections commission, a cap on…

  • Carolina Beach backtracks on food truck law

    Carolina Beach has overturned its law prohibiting out-of-town food trucks from serving the community after the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of food truck owners. The Carolina Beach Town Council held an evening closed door session Tuesday, Aug. 28, and scrapped the…

  • Out go the classics in English classrooms  

    Classic literature has fallen from favor in English class. The movement away from the literary canon, begun decades ago, has accelerated rapidly following adoption of Common Core standards by most states eight years ago. Some states, including North Carolina, have revised these standards. But the devaluation of classic literature is…