Archives: CJ Editors

  • Taking partisanship out of the state redistricting battle 

    Whatever the three-judge Superior Court panel decides about  Common Cause v. Lewis, a challenge to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s legislative districts, is relevant only if the plaintiffs win. That’s because we would get new legislative maps for 2020 elections — drawn to…

  • Budget standoff highlights policy differences 

    A version of this editorial appeared in the June 2019 print edition of Carolina Journal. To sign up for a free subscription, visit here. A week ago, the state Senate passed its version of a $23.9 billion General Fund budget for the next fiscal year. The Senate and…

  • ‘The university of the people’

    Since January 2016, the University of North Carolina system has had two “permanent” presidents and two interim leaders (including current Interim President Dr. Bill Roper). In recent months, UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt left in a huff, taking the Confederate memorial “Silent Sam” down…

  • A tale of two recoveries

    The following editorial appeared in the February 2017 print edition of Carolina Journal: Timing matters, in both stand-up comedy and interpreting statistical trends. Left-leaning groups are likely to seize on findings by N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, in his monthly Carolina Journal column (reprinted here), to deflate the…

  • ‘Court-packing’ fact check

    The following editorial appeared in the December 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: When it comes to plans to pack the N.C. Supreme Court with new members, the John Locke Foundation instigated nothing. Yet frenzied left-of-center partisans and even some mainstream media outlets fingered JLF as the source of an…

  • PARODY: Radical overhaul proposed for Council of State races

    In an attempt to prevent a repeat of the disruption and delays that ensued in this year’s governor’s race, General Assembly leaders plan to introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow Council of State candidates to choose, in order of their vote totals, which one of the 10 positions they prefer,…

  • Amendment needed to put brakes on spending

    The following editorial was published in the November 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: North Carolina’s office of state controller reported a General Fund surplus of nearly $1 billion in its final report on the 2015-16 fiscal year. As we’ve noted earlier, this surplus is a direct consequence of growth-oriented…

  • PARODY: Lawmakers consider clown licensing

    Responding to the nationwide rise of creepy clown sightings, state lawmakers soon will consider licensing clowns. The proposed law would require county sheriffs to accept applications, perform background checks, and issue clown licenses. Under the program, which would go into effect March 31, licensees would be issued a certified clown…

  • Outside influence in government

    The following editorial was published in the August 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: Several members of the Investment Advisory Committee, a state commission that advises the treasurer about financial strategies for the state’s substantial investment portfolio, were surprised to learn at a recent meeting that, unlike many elected and…