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McCrory tops Budd in GOP primary poll of 2022 U.S. Senate race

Former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory is the preferred choice for the state’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022, according to a Civitas Poll of likely GOP primary voters released Thursday, Jan. 13. McCrory, a Republican, leads the primary field with 24% of the vote, compared to 19% for 13th congressional district Rep. Ted Budd and 7%...

David N. Bass
Opinion

Virginia proves now is America’s school choice moment 

America has reached its school choice moment. The decades-long fight to create and expand school choice programs accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and finally played out politically as the eyes of the nation watched the gubernatorial race in Virginia on Nov. 2.   The idea that parents are once again allowed to have agency in their...

Donald Bryson
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Major anniversary approaches for N.C. right-to-work protections

“The right to live includes the right to work.” That simple statement opens the text of a state law that has helped boost North Carolina’s economic competitiveness for nearly 75 years. The state will mark the milestone 75th anniversary of its right-to-work law on March 18, 2022. “Research continues to indicate that right-to-work states not...

CJ Staff
Opinion

Bootleggers, Baptists, and a zebra cobra 

Many of the problems with modern American politics stem from a media obsessed with creating a dramatic narrative and politicians dying to be on center stage. We don’t have to look any further than Raleigh’s recent case of the missing zebra cobra (N. nigricincta) to find an example.  Residents of Wake County were served nearly...

Donald Bryson

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State Senate to propose 10-year, $12 billion alternative to bond package

State Senate leaders will propose spending $3 billion over the next two years on capital and infrastructure projects. That money is part of a larger 10-year, $12 billion “cash” plan tied to the Senate’s budget. Senators teased the capital plan as they announced a 2 p.m. Monday news briefing about their 2021-23 budget proposal. Senate...

CJ Staff
Opinion

North Carolina should lead on reforming the federal government

On April 28, President Biden addressed Congress and the nation to sell a spending package, allegedly aimed at improving the nation’s infrastructure, with a $2.25 trillion price tag. In many ways, this address felt like Obama 2.0, and yet another liberal president was selling us economic stimulus with the promise of “shovel-ready” projects. In his...

Donald Bryson
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Civitas Poll: Voters disapprove of the way Cooper, districts have handled school reopening during pandemic

Editor’s note: This story was updated 2:30 Thursday, Jan. 28, to include comments from panelists who took part in a discussion about the Civitas Poll. North Carolina voters don’t approve of the governor’s restrictive rules on school reopening, and they want their children to return to the classroom. A Civitas Poll released Thursday, Jan. 28,...

CJ Staff
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John Locke Foundation and Civitas Institute combine capabilities Jan. 1

The intellectual forces that have driven three decades of freedom-forward research and policy reforms in North Carolina will merge their capabilities, ensuring that North Carolinians’ liberties are robustly defended and advanced as we enter this next decade. Effective January 1, 2021, the staff and resources of the John Locke Foundation and the Civitas Institute will...

CJ Staff