News Reports (Page 9)

  • More UNC campuses giving free speech its due, FIRE reports

    RALEIGH — First Amendment Rights just got the “green light” on two University of North Carolina campuses. New findings from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan research and litigation organization, show a positive shift in speech protections at UNC Greensboro and North Carolina Central University.

  • Democratic governor poses new impediment to GOP budget writers

    General Assembly budget writers have a monumental challenge this year that they haven’t faced in the past four. A Democrat in the governor’s mansion. “I think there is zero chance that any budget passed by the General Assembly the governor won’t veto, and that we would have to…

  • Lawmakers may take another shot at distillery bill

    Senate Bill 155, what has been called the “brunch bill,” appears to have gotten a jumpstart and could go forward in the next couple of weeks. The measure has been referred to the Senate Finance committee. Restaurants would benefit if this bill becomes…

  • Medicaid ‘listening tour’ as much cheerleading as discussion

    GREENSBORO — State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen got an earful Monday night as she launched a statewide tour to solicit opinions about Medicaid reform. Several dozen medical providers and association officials, patients, and parents of children on Medicaid attended the first…

  • Cooper picks insiders for State Board of Education

    RALEIGH —  Gov. Roy Cooper’s first three picks for the State Board of Education are unlikely to shake up the education establishment, a top conservative education analyst says. Newcomers Sandra Byrd and John Buxton are underwhelming picks by Cooper, said Terry Stoops, vice president of research and education…

  • Case studies in ‘free speech’

    What follows are examples of efforts to quell commentary at both public and private university campuses throughout North Carolina. 2009: The speaker Shattered glass and pepper spray polluted the scene of a UNC-Chapel Hill protest that shut down a 2009 speech from former U.S. Rep Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who opposes…

  • UNC campuses no longer free-speech zones?

    RALEIGH — What started with a simple conversation among three students at North Carolina State University ended in a lawsuit. Hannalee Alrutz wanted something different, but actions by the administration left her little choice. Alrutz is president of Grace Christian Life, an evangelical campus group at N.C. State with roughly…

  • Judges block new merged elections, ethics board

    RALEIGH — A split three-judge panel has granted Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a temporary restraining order to block the new bipartisan election and ethics board created in a new state law. The General Assembly overrode Cooper’s veto earlier this week to approve the law. Judges issued their ruling…

  • Hudson praises Trump executive order on offshore energy production

    A couple of weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th District, asked President Trump to reverse Obama-era regulations that effectively halted oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast. Hudson was by the president’s side on Friday when Trump signed The America First Offshore Energy Executive Order. It opens…