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Is white shame fueling white rage?

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Reverend Carl Kenney, Author and Producer, published in Durham Herald-Sun, August 18, 2017. People in Durham are talking about the tumbling of the statue honoring Confederate soldiers. Wendy Jacobs, chair of the board of county commissioners, told me she received more than 1,700 calls on the day after a yellow strap was tied around […]

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Let NC cities decide fate of monuments

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, August 17, 2017. City governments and other institutions are dealing with the repercussions of the horrific Charlottesville white supremacist rally in different ways. The city of Baltimore, for example, took down Confederacy monuments with little fanfare on Tuesday night. The University of Florida has denied a request for a September […]

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Historical context

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, August 17, 2017. My great-grandfather, George Stephens, lived a remarkable life. He was born in 1873 near Summerfield in Guilford County into a family of excommunicated Quakers. His father died when he was very young and was raised by his mother. An outstanding athlete, he attended Oak Ridge Institute where […]

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Take ’em down

| August 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, August 15, 2017. Now that even the morally obtuse Trump has been forced to say white racist terrorism is wrong, we move on to a knottier issue: Should Confederate statues and memorials stay, or should they go? Here’s a case in point. If you drive down Hillsborough Street toward […]

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NC sees record visitor spending

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, August 17, 2017. So how bad did HB-2 hurt North Carolina? As many of you will remember during the contentious debate over HB2, opponents predicted the legislation would prove an economic disaster for the state. One report published by the Williams Institute affiliated with the UCLA School of Law and […]

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Legislature’s support needs to move from hyperbole to reality

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Cedric Johnson, NC Budget and Tax Center, August 17, 2017. To say that the new two-year budget approved by state lawmakers represents “the best budget in a decade” for North Carolina’s public four-year universities (as UNC president Margaret Spellings did in a recent Charlotte Observer op-ed) is hyperbole that reflects a troubling new “normal” […]

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Time for bed, GOP

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Paul O’Connor, published in The Asheville Citizen-Times, August 14, 2017. The wrangling between federal judges and GOP legislators brings to mind an episode from early childhood. I was probably six, and I’d misbehaved, so my punishment was an early dinner, early bath and early bedtime. I claimed innocence, then protested the minor nature of […]

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Support for NC Charters remains strong despite disappointing national poll

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, August 17, 2017. Some of the best polling on national education issues is done by the journal Education Next.  Results from the annual Education Next Poll on School Reform  were released earlier this week. Some relevant information: the poll includes a national sample of 4,200 respondents. The survey was administered […]

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Some ideas have hideous consequences

| August 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, August 14, 2017. In 1948, a 38-year-old North Carolinian and English professor at the University of Chicago coined a memorable phrase: “ideas have consequences.” Richard Weaver, a traditionalist conservative from the Asheville area who briefly taught at North Carolina State University before landing his Chicago job, […]

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Who should make state investment decisions?

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, August 10, 2017. Many of us have a 401-k plan, a pension or private investment portfolio. We often seek investment advice from stock brokers, money managers, newsletters, tips from friends or our own research, but none of us has a $93 billion investment portfolio like the Teachers […]

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