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Civitas Guest Editorial  

The vision of the Civitas Institute is of a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. The mission of the Civitas Institute is to facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office made an extremely poor decision to suspend pistol permits until April 30.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office made an extremely poor decision to suspend pistol permits until April 30.
 
As the traditional Tax Day of April 15 approaches, it seems appropriate to reflect on the major victories won by taxpayers over the past decade in North Carolina.
As the traditional Tax Day of April 15 approaches, it seems appropriate to reflect on the major victories won by taxpayers over the past decade in North Carolina.
 
Liberal group suggests Gov. Cooper replace Folwell as Treasurer April 1, 2020 by Donald Bryson image_print In an article published on April 1, NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield makes a series of concerning arguments about the North Carolina State Treasurer’s office.
Liberal group suggests Gov. Cooper replace Folwell as Treasurer April 1, 2020 by Donald Bryson image_print In an article published on April 1, NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield makes a series of concerning arguments about the North Carolina State Treasurer’s office.
 
Extraordinary times filled with uncertainty does not mean politics and government recede from our lives.
Extraordinary times filled with uncertainty does not mean politics and government recede from our lives.
 
Along with the rest of the nation, North Carolina is facing an unprecedented health challenge with the COVID-19 virus.
Along with the rest of the nation, North Carolina is facing an unprecedented health challenge with the COVID-19 virus.
 
Last week Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of all public schools in North Carolina through May 15 via executive order. Among other things, Cooper said the extension is necessary to promote public health and safety in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of all public schools in North Carolina through May 15 via executive order. Among other things, Cooper said the extension is necessary to promote public health and safety in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The good news: North Carolina state government is better financially prepared for the coming economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic than previous economic crises.
The good news: North Carolina state government is better financially prepared for the coming economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic than previous economic crises.
 
We are starting a small garden at my home and my three-year-old son recently asked me if we could plant chicken seeds so we would have more chickens to eat.
We are starting a small garden at my home and my three-year-old son recently asked me if we could plant chicken seeds so we would have more chickens to eat.
 
Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are promoting the idea of sending North Carolinians a check, as a means to help us weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are promoting the idea of sending North Carolinians a check, as a means to help us weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
While there is certainly more to democracy than elections, elections are the focal point of a democracy.
While there is certainly more to democracy than elections, elections are the focal point of a democracy.
 
One day after declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings greater than 100 people and closing the public schools until March 30 to limit the spread of coronavirus.
One day after declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings greater than 100 people and closing the public schools until March 30 to limit the spread of coronavirus.
 
Thanks to fiscally responsible measures over the past 10 years, North Carolina is on far better financial footing to combat the coronavirus outbreak and to weather its economic fallout.
Thanks to fiscally responsible measures over the past 10 years, North Carolina is on far better financial footing to combat the coronavirus outbreak and to weather its economic fallout.
 
We are all working to cope with the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, and the virus’s escalation into a global pandemic.
We are all working to cope with the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, and the virus’s escalation into a global pandemic.
 
The first two decades of the 21st century have been bookended by court cases that struck down North Carolina’s legislative maps.
The first two decades of the 21st century have been bookended by court cases that struck down North Carolina’s legislative maps.
 
There has been much hyperventilating about teacher frustration in North Carolina (see here and here) and how it’s driving people to look elsewhere for jobs or to leave the profession altogether.
There has been much hyperventilating about teacher frustration in North Carolina (see here and here) and how it’s driving people to look elsewhere for jobs or to leave the profession altogether.
 
A February study released by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) lays waste to the claims by Medicaid expansion advocates that expansion would translate into an economic boon for state hospitals.
A February study released by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) lays waste to the claims by Medicaid expansion advocates that expansion would translate into an economic boon for state hospitals.
 
Capitalism has become the preferred whipping boy of those calling for more government involvement in markets.
Capitalism has become the preferred whipping boy of those calling for more government involvement in markets.
 
Voter ID has been hotly debated and litigated in North Carolina over the past decade.
Voter ID has been hotly debated and litigated in North Carolina over the past decade.
 
From a Civitas perspective, one of the main takeaways from the March 3 North Carolina primary was the accuracy of our tracking polls.
From a Civitas perspective, one of the main takeaways from the March 3 North Carolina primary was the accuracy of our tracking polls.
 
Do you believe parents should determine how and where your children are educated and enjoy more educational options?
Do you believe parents should determine how and where your children are educated and enjoy more educational options?
 
A formidable education story in North Carolina is that the Wake County Public School System is experiencing stagnant growth despite being one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.
A formidable education story in North Carolina is that the Wake County Public School System is experiencing stagnant growth despite being one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.
 
North Carolina’s poor school districts are getting shortchanged on funding.
North Carolina’s poor school districts are getting shortchanged on funding.
 
A recent poll commissioned by Raleigh news station WRAL has some serious flaws – but that’s not stopping the media and left-leaning groups from promoting the results as gospel truth.
A recent poll commissioned by Raleigh news station WRAL has some serious flaws – but that’s not stopping the media and left-leaning groups from promoting the results as gospel truth.
 
Today, the Civitas Institute, North Carolina’s leading conservative think tank, launched a new initiative called “A Better Carolina.”
Today, the Civitas Institute, North Carolina’s leading conservative think tank, launched a new initiative called “A Better Carolina.”
 
Over at PoliticsNC.com, former political consultant Thomas Mills re-runs the old trope about how low-income North Carolinians pay a higher share of their income in taxes relative to high-income earners.
Over at PoliticsNC.com, former political consultant Thomas Mills re-runs the old trope about how low-income North Carolinians pay a higher share of their income in taxes relative to high-income earners.
 
On January 21, Eric Davis, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education distributed a memo to selected organizations titled “Invitation to Submit Recommended Priorities in Response to WestEd Report (WER) in Leandro.”
On January 21, Eric Davis, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education distributed a memo to selected organizations titled “Invitation to Submit Recommended Priorities in Response to WestEd Report (WER) in Leandro.”
 
Over at PoliticsNC.com, former political consultant Thomas Mills re-runs the old trope about how low-income North Carolinians pay a higher share of their income in taxes relative to high-income earners.
Over at PoliticsNC.com, former political consultant Thomas Mills re-runs the old trope about how low-income North Carolinians pay a higher share of their income in taxes relative to high-income earners.
 
WRAL reported this weekend about a new report which ranked North Carolina as the best place to do business in the South, and 6th best nationally.
WRAL reported this weekend about a new report which ranked North Carolina as the best place to do business in the South, and 6th best nationally.
 
North Carolina is home to a number of vital industries and many beautiful sights.
North Carolina is home to a number of vital industries and many beautiful sights.
 
Fresh off a victory in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives in North Carolina on Valentines Day, to begin his quest to win the North Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary with a unique opportunity
Fresh off a victory in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives in North Carolina on Valentines Day, to begin his quest to win the North Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary with a unique opportunity
 
One-stop (absentee in-person) voting starts today in North Carolina, which means that we will have our first records of one-stop voting on Vote Tracker tomorrow for your viewing and analytic pleasure.
One-stop (absentee in-person) voting starts today in North Carolina, which means that we will have our first records of one-stop voting on Vote Tracker tomorrow for your viewing and analytic pleasure.
 
At best, 38 legislators are refusing to comply with state law
 
The News & Observer’s Ned Barnett recently wrote an editorial in which he stated that North Carolina may soon be in for a sudden lurch to the left like the one Virginia is currently experiencing.
The News & Observer’s Ned Barnett recently wrote an editorial in which he stated that North Carolina may soon be in for a sudden lurch to the left like the one Virginia is currently experiencing.
 
What to watch a month out from North Carolina’s Super Tuesday Primary
 
The N&O is reporting on what appears to be significant layoffs in North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, due to the state budget “stalemate.”
The N&O is reporting on what appears to be significant layoffs in North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, due to the state budget “stalemate.”
 
Certainly, the most disappointing part of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was that there was no mention of the federal spending crisis or our $23 trillion national debt.
Certainly, the most disappointing part of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was that there was no mention of the federal spending crisis or our $23 trillion national debt.
 
Will school choice become an election issue? February 7, 2020 by Bob Luebke image_print SHARE: President Trump put a bright light on the issue of school choice in Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech.
Will school choice become an election issue? February 7, 2020 by Bob Luebke image_print SHARE: President Trump put a bright light on the issue of school choice in Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech.
 
Like a lot of political junkies, I switched on the news last Monday night to watch the Iowa caucus returns. It was 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) by the time I had tucked the kids in and done some housework.
Like a lot of political junkies, I switched on the news last Monday night to watch the Iowa caucus returns. It was 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) by the time I had tucked the kids in and done some housework.
 
President Donald Trump made school choice a significant focus of his State of the Union address.
President Donald Trump made school choice a significant focus of his State of the Union address.
 
Contrary to what many on Jones street – or breathless capital news reporters – would have you believe, there really is very little difference between Gov. Cooper’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal and the “unofficial” spending plan currently being executed.
Contrary to what many on Jones street – or breathless capital news reporters – would have you believe, there really is very little difference between Gov. Cooper’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal and the “unofficial” spending plan currently being executed.
 
Most people don’t know that I attended seven different schools during my K-12 years. It’s certainly no world record or even a story of pity.
Most people don’t know that I attended seven different schools during my K-12 years. It’s certainly no world record or even a story of pity.
 
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