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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.

Gratitude is everything. Gratitude brings joy. When we are thankful we are much more apt to look up to the heavens or look beyond ourselves.
Gratitude is everything. Gratitude brings joy. When we are thankful we are much more apt to look up to the heavens or look beyond ourselves.
 
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley lost her reelection bid to Justice Paul Newby by 406 votes (as of November 19).
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley lost her reelection bid to Justice Paul Newby by 406 votes (as of November 19).
 
As of November 19, NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley lost her reelection bid to Justice Paul Newby by 406 votes.
As of November 19, NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley lost her reelection bid to Justice Paul Newby by 406 votes.
 
If Republican Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby’s 406 vote lead survives a recount and he makes history as North Carolina’s 30th Chief Justice he can thank a once Democratic stronghold that has gone red for providing his margin of victory.
If Republican Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby’s 406 vote lead survives a recount and he makes history as North Carolina’s 30th Chief Justice he can thank a once Democratic stronghold that has gone red for providing his margin of victory.
 
Would Texas turn blue? A lot of people were asking that question in recent months as Democrats poured millions into the state to flip it.
Would Texas turn blue? A lot of people were asking that question in recent months as Democrats poured millions into the state to flip it.
 
Some politicians, including Joe Biden and many of his supporters, are continually calling for unity and healing in the wake of a probable victory in the presidential race.
Some politicians, including Joe Biden and many of his supporters, are continually calling for unity and healing in the wake of a probable victory in the presidential race.
 
For the past two years the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) has been mobilizing and organizing to elect lawmakers who are more aligned with the organization’s views on public education.
For the past two years the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) has been mobilizing and organizing to elect lawmakers who are more aligned with the organization’s views on public education.
 
To the surprise of no one, OpenSecrets.org is reporting that the Tillis-Cunningham Senate race is the most expensive Senate race of all time.
To the surprise of no one, OpenSecrets.org is reporting that the Tillis-Cunningham Senate race is the most expensive Senate race of all time.
 
While some votes here in North Carolina remain to be counted, we can nevertheless make some interesting observations from this week's elections. I will address two of them in this post.
While some votes here in North Carolina remain to be counted, we can nevertheless make some interesting observations from this week's elections. I will address two of them in this post.
 
To the surprise of no one, OpenSecrets.org is reporting that the Tillis-Cunningham Senate race is the most expensive Senate race of all time.
To the surprise of no one, OpenSecrets.org is reporting that the Tillis-Cunningham Senate race is the most expensive Senate race of all time.
 
Richard Weaver’s famous book “Ideas have Consequences” has a pithy and poignant title.
Richard Weaver’s famous book “Ideas have Consequences” has a pithy and poignant title.
 
While national politics may take a leftward tilt, conservatism in North Carolina is on the ascent.
While national politics may take a leftward tilt, conservatism in North Carolina is on the ascent.
 
Almost a week after election day, there are three groups of ballots that have still not been counted and the results of those counts could change the outcome of an NC Supreme Court race.
Almost a week after election day, there are three groups of ballots that have still not been counted and the results of those counts could change the outcome of an NC Supreme Court race.
 
Catherine Truitt’s victory over Jen Mangrum for State Superintendent of Public Instruction was certainly one of the most significant and surprising Republican victories on Tuesday evening.
Catherine Truitt’s victory over Jen Mangrum for State Superintendent of Public Instruction was certainly one of the most significant and surprising Republican victories on Tuesday evening.
 
President Donald Trump and Senator Thom Tillis led Republicans to strong victories across the state in Council of State, judicial and legislative races.
President Donald Trump and Senator Thom Tillis led Republicans to strong victories across the state in Council of State, judicial and legislative races.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper has repeatedly referred to his economic lockdown strategy as a “dimmer switch approach” to gradually reopening the state’s economy.
Gov. Roy Cooper has repeatedly referred to his economic lockdown strategy as a “dimmer switch approach” to gradually reopening the state’s economy.
 
The New York Post published a scathing indictment last week on the media coverage of the 2020 election.
The New York Post published a scathing indictment last week on the media coverage of the 2020 election.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper’s shutdown orders have produced difficult economic times for North Carolina families and businesses.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s shutdown orders have produced difficult economic times for North Carolina families and businesses.
 
Over the past few weeks, I have seen headlines such as “Black voter’s mail-in ballots being rejected at a higher rate, “Black voters are disproportionately having mail ballots rejected in North Carolina” and “North Carolina’s Witness Rule Favors White Voters“
Over the past few weeks, I have seen headlines such as “Black voter’s mail-in ballots being rejected at a higher rate, “Black voters are disproportionately having mail ballots rejected in North Carolina” and “North Carolina’s Witness Rule Favors White Voters“
 
The 2018 ballot harvesting in Bladen County is hardly the only case of 21st-century election fraud in North Carolina
The 2018 ballot harvesting in Bladen County is hardly the only case of 21st-century election fraud in North Carolina
 
Yesterday it was announced that Attorney General Josh Stein “awarded 12 Triangle area leaders with Dogwood Awards.
Yesterday it was announced that Attorney General Josh Stein “awarded 12 Triangle area leaders with Dogwood Awards.
 
The eye-popping potential top marginal tax rates on taxpayers under Joe Biden’s tax plan in states like New York recently made national headlines.
The eye-popping potential top marginal tax rates on taxpayers under Joe Biden’s tax plan in states like New York recently made national headlines.
 
It’s election season. And if you live in North Carolina you might think the only elections are those for president, U.S. Senate and governor.
It’s election season. And if you live in North Carolina you might think the only elections are those for president, U.S. Senate and governor.
 
North Carolina families need educational options as much right now as ever, if not more.
 
That's the point Ira Stoll seems to argue in a recent blog post in Education Next.
That's the point Ira Stoll seems to argue in a recent blog post in Education Next.
 
Court-packing is one of the biggest issues of this election cycle in the presidential race (and U.S. Senate elections). Undoubtedly, it would be an even bigger issue if not for Covid-19 and the overall craziness infecting so much of 2020.
Court-packing is one of the biggest issues of this election cycle in the presidential race (and U.S. Senate elections). Undoubtedly, it would be an even bigger issue if not for Covid-19 and the overall craziness infecting so much of 2020.
 
Judge William Osteen Jr. of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued two orders on the evening of October 14 in the ongoing dispute.
Judge William Osteen Jr. of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued two orders on the evening of October 14 in the ongoing dispute.
 
By now most people are aware of Cal Cunningham’s July tryst with Arlene Guzman Todd in the Cunningham home while his family was away.
By now most people are aware of Cal Cunningham’s July tryst with Arlene Guzman Todd in the Cunningham home while his family was away.
 
North Carolina progressive liberal groups and politicians have for years criticized the past decade of conservative tax cuts as being only “for big corporations and the rich.”
North Carolina progressive liberal groups and politicians have for years criticized the past decade of conservative tax cuts as being only “for big corporations and the rich.”
 
Here is data from the fourth week since that start of voting in North Carolina.
 
In the final days of September, protests in Raleigh turned destructive as downtown businesses and government buildings suffered multiple nights of window-breaking and property damage.
In the final days of September, protests in Raleigh turned destructive as downtown businesses and government buildings suffered multiple nights of window-breaking and property damage.
 
While the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have officially been around since 1982, only recently have they emerged as a growing movement in North Carolina.
While the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have officially been around since 1982, only recently have they emerged as a growing movement in North Carolina.
 
A declaration authored by three top epidemiologists and signed by thousands of medical and public health scientists proclaims that lockdown orders like Gov. Cooper’s are causing more harm than good, and should be replaced by a more focused and sensible strategy.
A declaration authored by three top epidemiologists and signed by thousands of medical and public health scientists proclaims that lockdown orders like Gov. Cooper’s are causing more harm than good, and should be replaced by a more focused and sensible strategy.
 
Coronavirus has exposed the problems our public schools are having in meeting the educational needs of a diverse population. Many of these problems are rooted in the way we fund our schools.
Coronavirus has exposed the problems our public schools are having in meeting the educational needs of a diverse population. Many of these problems are rooted in the way we fund our schools.
 
The necessity for education choice and flexibility has proven monumentally important in a world where economic competition is global and pandemics can disrupt school and work life with jarring immediacy.
The necessity for education choice and flexibility has proven monumentally important in a world where economic competition is global and pandemics can disrupt school and work life with jarring immediacy.
 
The coronavirus has statistically been found to have very little impact on children. But the lockdowns have been especially cruel to our youth.
The coronavirus has statistically been found to have very little impact on children. But the lockdowns have been especially cruel to our youth.
 
The left-wing group Progress NC describes itself as “a 501(c)3 non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to informing voters of key public policy issues through traditional news media, online engagement, and hands-on communications trainings.”
The left-wing group Progress NC describes itself as “a 501(c)3 non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to informing voters of key public policy issues through traditional news media, online engagement, and hands-on communications trainings.”
 
Democratic politicians and left-leaning political groups have put on full battle array and are ready to launch a cacophonous assault on President Donald Trump’s United States Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Democratic politicians and left-leaning political groups have put on full battle array and are ready to launch a cacophonous assault on President Donald Trump’s United States Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
 
Last night, I wrote how it was incredible that the State Board of Elections (SBE) appointed SBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell to negotiate a settlement to a lawsuit on absentee ballots and other election rules
Last night, I wrote how it was incredible that the State Board of Elections (SBE) appointed SBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell to negotiate a settlement to a lawsuit on absentee ballots and other election rules
 
The State Board of Education has tapped the brakes on the revision of state social studies standards.
 
Today, Civitas Institute filed public records requests with North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director, Karen Brinson Bell, Chairman Damon Circosta, and Attorney General Josh Stein.
Today, Civitas Institute filed public records requests with North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director, Karen Brinson Bell, Chairman Damon Circosta, and Attorney General Josh Stein.
 
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