New Leandro funding order could be three weeks away

The judge overseeing North Carolina’s long-running Leandro education funding lawsuit signaled Friday that he might issue a new spending order in the case within three weeks. That announcement followed more than 2 1/2 hours of courtroom debate over the amount of money to be included in that order. Judge James Ammons confirmed he will not order state officials to transfer money out of the state treasury.

CJ Staff

Childcare subsidy bill introduced by bipartisan group of lawmakers

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers recently announced in a press conference that addressing early childhood education policy would be a priority this legislative session. Legislators are considering five bills this year that would impact early childhood education in North Carolina. Collectively, the bills increase state funding for childcare subsidies, create a pilot program...

Alex Baltzegar




DeSantis edges Trump 56% to 35% in new poll of N.C. GOP primary voters

A new poll of likely Republican voters in North Carolina gives Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a 56% to 35% lead over former President Donald Trump in a potential matchup in the 2024 primary. The first contests in the primary are more than 13 months away, but that isn’t stopping intense speculation about who on the Republican...

David N. Bass

Rep. Jon Hardister is eyeing commissioner of Labor role

As soon as first-term Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson made the surprise announcement that he would not run again, Guilford County state Rep. Jon Hardister, a Republican, began hearing from supporters that he should consider the role. Contacted this week, Hardister told CJ he is highly motivated to seek the position after a successful decade in...

Dallas Woodhouse



Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes Tillis reaction to Tucker Carlson and Jan. 6

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ negative reaction to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 narrative. Kokai offered these comments for a March 9, 2023, report on WNCN (CBS17).

Mitch Kokai


Civil Society


Ukrainian people in N.C. rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring