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N.C. One Step Closer to March 15 Presidential Primary

N.C. One Step Closer to March 15 Presidential Primary

by Barry Smith RALEIGH – The state Senate’s recent vote to move North Carolina’s presidential preference primary to March 15, 2016, means the state won’t be one of the early-tier decision-makers. But with the winner-take-all format established in House Bill 373, North Carolina should grab the attention of presidential contenders. “Now with a winner-take-all, North Carolina is going to be a big prize,” said Andy Taylor, professor of political science at N.C. State University. “A lot will depend on the status of the race at the time, who’s still

Meadows’ Statement on Malaysia’s Human Rights Ranking Upgrade

Meadows’ Statement on Malaysia’s Human Rights Ranking Upgrade

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The State Department upgraded Malaysia’s human rights trafficking ranking on Monday from the lowest Tier 3 Watch List ranking to Tier 2, indicating an improvement in the country’s human rights record. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who opposed Malaysia’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of the nation’s egregious human rights and trafficking record, released the following statement: “For years, Malaysia has had an abysmal human rights record and served as a hub for human trafficking and forced labor. The State Department’s decision to upgrade Malaysia’s ranking at

Governor McCrory Signs Legislation and  Urges Legislature to Pass Budget, Jobs Plan  and Bond Proposal

Governor McCrory Signs Legislation and Urges Legislature to Pass Budget, Jobs Plan and Bond Proposal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory signed several pieces of legislation today and issued a statement on the Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act.  It ensures respectful treatment of the flags of North Carolina and United States, establishes the Division of Veterans Affairs as a clearing house for worn and damaged flags, transfers custody of certain historic documents from the Secretary of State to the Department of Cultural Resources to facilitate public viewing and provides protection of historic monuments and memorials across the state. “North Carolina’s history is interwoven with acts of personal sacrifice, courage, leadership and

Governor McCrory Applauds NC Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Opportunity Scholarships

Governor McCrory Applauds NC Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Opportunity Scholarships

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday afternoon that the Opportunity Scholarship program is constitutional. “I came to office promising to defend and expand educational opportunities for all children and all families regardless of circumstance. Today's decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for every parent whose child is being underserved in North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “This is a victory for choice, and it's a victory for North Carolina students and their

Moore, Berger Applaud NC Supreme Court Decision Upholding

Moore, Berger Applaud NC Supreme Court Decision Upholding

RALEIGH, N.C. -- On Thursday the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled the Opportunity Scholarship Program passed by the General Assembly in July 2013 is constitutional. The ruling is the final decision in this case. The program awards scholarships of up to $4,200 for low-income and working-class families to attend a private school of their choice. “We are very thankful for the Supreme Court’s thoughtful decision in recognizing the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarship Program in North Carolina,” stated Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). “We are elated that students currently benefiting from the scholarship, as well

Opinion Columns & Editorials

  • Opinion:  Court Made The Right Choice

    Opinion: Court Made The Right Choice

    by John Hood There was absolutely nothing surprising about the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship program. The outcome was welcome. The lack of surprise was disappointing. The four justices signing onto the majority decision by Chief Justice Mark Martin are Republicans. The three justices dissenting are Democrats. Opponents of school choice are citing this fact as proof that the result was improper. I couldn’t disagree more. Given the last several decades of jurisprudence, in which the high court has rarely limited the power of

  • Opinion:  Magna Carta’s Impact on American Founders

    Opinion: Magna Carta’s Impact on American Founders

    by Dr. Troy Kickler RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation recently commemorated the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (Latin for “Great Charter”). Magna Carta of 1215, I admit, is not an everyday conversation topic, yet its general principles generate many modern-day conversations in work break rooms, at dinner tables, on blogs, and in the media. Americans often express statements such as “The president is not above the law,” or “It doesn’t matter how much money one has, everyone is equal under the law.” These sentiments can be traced back to Magna Carta. Several decades after King John and

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