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Democrats file “Parents’ and Students’ Bill of Rights”

On Tuesday, a bill filed by NC House Democrats, “The Parents’ and Students’ Bill of Rights” was referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the House. The Democrats’ bill was filed after Republicans filed the Parents’ Bill of Rights, scheduled to be considered on the N.C. Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

Alex Baltzegar
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ACLU NC stands by lobbyist’s sexually explicit Twitter tirade

On Tuesday, an ACLU North Carolina lobbyist, Kristie Puckett Williams, made graphic, sexually harassing comments to conservative radio host Pete Kaliner during a Twitter discussion regarding N.C. Senate Bill 49, the Parents' Bill of Rights. Puckett Williams, Deputy Director of Engagement at the ACLU of N.C., tweeted at Kaliner criticizing his support of the bill and used more graphic directions for performing sexual acts.

CJ Staff
Opinion

News & Observer gets it wrong on taxes

Raleigh News & Observer editor Ned Barnett continues to be of the belief that what ails North Carolina is a state government that is too small. In his Jan. 29 editorial, he expresses frustration that hard-working North Carolinians are keeping too much of their money.   Claiming that “excessive tax cuts” over the past several years...

Brian Balfour

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Mr. Beast’s social-media philanthropy is new twist on age-old model

Those who don’t spend much time on social media may not be aware of Mr. Beast, the YouTube alias for 24-year-old Jimmy Donaldson of Greenville, North Carolina. Donaldson has 131 million subscribers just on Youtube, and his latest video, “1,000 blind people see for the first time,” had 80 million views less than a week...

David Larson
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Democrat Rep. Shelly Willingham sponsors anti-rioting bill

The N.C. Judiciary Committee is considering a bill to increase penalties for damaging property while rioting. It was reintroduced last week by Republicans in the North Carolina House after Democratic Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a similar bill last year. At that time, Republicans presumably did not have the votes to override him, falling short of the...

Alex Baltzegar
Opinion

New generation of leaders at UNC values thought diversity

The morning after Donald Trump was elected president, I was sitting in the office of Carol Folt, the then-chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill, along with the school’s top academic officer, Provost Jim Dean, to discuss my concern that UNC had fostered an oppressive monoculture that was undermining critical thinking on campus.  The timing was serendipitous, as...

Michael Jacobs
Opinion

New School of Civil Life and Leadership will further advance UNC’s free speech mission

Last week, trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill announced the creation of a new School of Civic Life and Leadership. The new school will significantly enhance student learning and the intellectual environment at UNC. The new School of Civic Life and Leadership is a natural extension of UNC’s impressive progress on free speech and civil discourse on...

Jenna A. Robinson
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Charlotte to vote on proposed I-77 toll-lane expansion study

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) will be voting Feb. 15 on a proposed study which will utilize managed lanes on Interstate 77. The study conceptualizes several methods to improve highway transportation on I-77 running from Charlotte into South Carolina, one of which includes additional tolls. CRTPO’s upcoming vote is based on the goals...

Zach Rounceville