Opinion (Page 8)

  • Beer money and changing markets

    News that beer distributors through political action committees poured nearly $100,000 toward defeating a bill to lift a production cap on North Carolina brewers should surprise no one. Tuesday, The Charlotte Observer, citing campaign finance reports, said from January through June the distributors gave Senate Republican…

  • Updating the redistricting scorecard

    As legislators sharpen their pencils for another round of electoral mapmaking, now seems like a good time to revisit North Carolina’s redistricting “scorecard.” Little more than two months have passed since an earlier version of the scorecard filled this space. Much has happened in recent weeks to justify…

  • Redrawing judicial districts: Make sure we get it right

    Kudos to Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, for filing House Bill 717, Revise Judicial Districts. With all the talk — and court cases — around redistricting, focused primarily on the legislative and congressional maps, raising awareness of the judicial districts is an important issue. Although there have been minor…

  • Schools need (social) capital

    One thing I’ve learned from my North Carolina public school education and my private college experience is to support arguments with data. And in hyperpartisan political times, it’s important to separate facts from fiction. Let’s be clear: For the most part, our schools are adequately funded. In the News &…