2023 was another banner year for school choice in NC

School choice advocates thought it couldn’t get any better than the successes and growth of the movement in 2022. But then 2023 came along. Both in North Carolina and across the nation, 2023 was a banner year for school choice. On the legislative front in the Tar Heel State, lawmakers approved a massive expansion of the state’s...

David N. Bass

All politics is global

Everyone knows the famous adage that “All politics is local.” But looking back at the year’s stories for major themes, it was clear one story from across the globe had generated more articles on our site in the last third of the year than many others did over the full 12 months (although we do...

David Larson

Can China truly displace the US as superpower?

Many years ago I had a conversation with a professor at the London School of Economics, that remains fresh in my mind to this day. “In addition to learning French, my son is also learning Mandarin,” said the gentleman. “After all, with the way the world is going, we will all be speaking Mandarin soon....

Kweku Boafo

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Menthol ban would harm North Carolina consumers and taxpayers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the final stages of advancing a proposed rule that would ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. Such a draconian prohibitionist policy is not necessary, because smoking rates are among their lowest levels ever recorded in the Tar Heel State. More problematic is that the FDA is...

Lindsey Stroud

Part 2: Improving campus free speech

For those who missed my previous article, let me catch you up on where we left off. Free speech on college campuses is alive, but certainly not well. In 2023, students still want to engage one another intellectually, but universities and college students alike no longer encourage genuine, open, and honest dialogue. Thankfully, there is...

Sherman Criner

NC Virtual Academy student medals at 2023 Parapan American Games

Evan Wilkerson, a 17-year-old Wake Forest student of the NC Virtual Academy, recently competed in the 2023 Parapan American Games held in Santiago, Chile, from Nov. 17-26, taking home silver and bronze medals as a member of Team USA. The Parapan American games, a multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, was held in Chile for...

Zach Rounceville

Can Biden truly contest North Carolina?

How can the Democratic Party hope to win North Carolina’s 16 electoral votes for president next year? Yes, North Carolina has been actively contested since 2008, when it went for Barack Obama by less than a percentage point. Since then, North Carolinians have opted for Republican candidates, albeit by narrow margins: two points in 2012,...

John Hood