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New school board group sounds alarm on mediocre education putting ‘nation at risk’

Forty-one years ago, under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan, the National Commission on Excellence in Education found “a nation at risk.”  If​ ​an​ ​unfriendly​ ​foreign​ ​power​ ​had​ ​attempted​ ​to​ ​impose​ ​on​ ​America​ ​the mediocre​ ​educational​ ​performance​ ​that​ ​exists​ ​today,​ ​we​ ​might​ ​well​ ​have viewed​ ​it​ ​as​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​war.​ ​As​ ​it​ ​stands,​ ​we​...

Amy Cooke

Orr’s redistricting lawsuit incorrectly applies the Civitas Partisan Index

Recently, retired North Carolina Supreme Court justice and 2022 redistricting special master Bob Orr filed a lawsuit challenging the redrawn congressional and state legislative maps based on “fairness.” My colleague Dr. Andy Jackson explained how the plaintiffs’ central claim in this lawsuit is just another partisan gerrymandering claim presented under a new name. The case...

Jim Stirling

Stop the madness: Overdose deaths and psychosis are poisoning our society

Over the weekend two more promising young lives were snuffed out in what police speculate were accidental drug overdoses. In sleepy but growing Raleigh suburbs, young families are burying their children because drugs and fentanyl poisoning are quite literally claiming a generation of Americans. In this case, two young athletes died overnight on Saturday in...

Donna King

Is UNC System sidestepping REACH Act with weak civics requirement?

In the ongoing debate over the University of North Carolina and its lobbying against the REACH Act, the UNC System put forth a proposal called “Foundations of American Democracy.” While at first this may seem like a step towards correcting UNC’s lack of civics education, a second look suggests it could be a strategic maneuver...

Jameson C. Broggi

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Three Democrats run for attorney general

Since end of Reconstruction in 1877, a Republican candidate has been elected North Carolina’s attorney general precisely one time, in 1896. Two other Republicans served briefly in the office, but only by appointment. Starting in the 1960s, North Carolina Republicans gradually closed their longstanding competitiveness gap with Democrats. First the GOP picked up legislative and...

John Hood

Remembering Billy Graham: America’s Pastor, NC’s Favorite Son

Six years ago, the state of North Carolina, the United States, and the world lost a giant. Billy Graham, world evangelist and faith leader, represented North Carolina’s best: a man of service, humility, and devout faith. Despite his accomplishments and the millions of miles traveled worldwide for his famous crusades, Graham possessed an admirable humility...

Tanner Nau

The sad, um, DECLINE of The Daily Haymaker

Forgive the odd headline. I was just trying out a new trick I picked up on another site, The Daily Haymaker. The site has been around a long time on the North Carolina conservative commentary scene, so I figured it could teach me a thing or two. Now that I’ve tried the phrasing myself, I...

David Larson