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Michael Harden, the Civitas Institute’s director of agricultural studies, took to the airwaves this week in two interviews to discuss disruptions in the food supply chain due to COVID-19 – on the Tyler Cralle Show (WAAV; 980 AM Wilmington) and the Pete Kaliner Show podcast.
Michael Harden, the Civitas Institute’s director of agricultural studies, took to the airwaves this week in two interviews to discuss disruptions in the food supply chain due to COVID-19 – on the Tyler Cralle Show (WAAV; 980 AM Wilmington) and the Pete Kaliner Show podcast.
 
Are people listening to medical doctors anymore when it comes to COVID-19?
Are people listening to medical doctors anymore when it comes to COVID-19?
 
The latest round in the fight over redistricting has begun in the General Assembly.
 
Every February, the Information Analysis section of the Division of School Business at the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publishes “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget.”
Every February, the Information Analysis section of the Division of School Business at the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publishes “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget.”
 
In a recent piece published in The American Spectator, I made the case that despite an abundance of spending on civic education in public schools, the government is failing in this endeavor.
In a recent piece published in The American Spectator, I made the case that despite an abundance of spending on civic education in public schools, the government is failing in this endeavor.
 
It’s not difficult to find bad policy examples from government-enacted lockdowns due to coronavirus, yet virtually none are worse than the idea of the federal government bailing out the states.
It’s not difficult to find bad policy examples from government-enacted lockdowns due to coronavirus, yet virtually none are worse than the idea of the federal government bailing out the states.
 
When I worked in Congressman Gene Taylor’s Gulfport, Miss. district office, and helped out with veteran affairs casework, I came across a thick file in one of the cabinets about Roy Mitchell Wheat from Moselle, Mississippi.
When I worked in Congressman Gene Taylor’s Gulfport, Miss. district office, and helped out with veteran affairs casework, I came across a thick file in one of the cabinets about Roy Mitchell Wheat from Moselle, Mississippi.
 
Leandro v. State of North Carolina casts a long shadow over the public schools in the Tar Heel state.
Leandro v. State of North Carolina casts a long shadow over the public schools in the Tar Heel state.
 
The North Carolina Office of State Controller just released its latest General Fund monthly financial report for April.
The North Carolina Office of State Controller just released its latest General Fund monthly financial report for April.
 
On May 11, I noted that the State Board of Elections (SBE) was proposing to expand the emergency powers of SBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell
On May 11, I noted that the State Board of Elections (SBE) was proposing to expand the emergency powers of SBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell
 
For Ray Pickett, May was supposed to be a strong month at the Blowing Rock Inn, which he and his wife own and manage.
For Ray Pickett, May was supposed to be a strong month at the Blowing Rock Inn, which he and his wife own and manage.
 
In late March, I wrote about how North Carolina state government is likely better financially prepared than most states for the coronavirus shutdown, and certainly more prepared than it was prior to the Great Recession.
In late March, I wrote about how North Carolina state government is likely better financially prepared than most states for the coronavirus shutdown, and certainly more prepared than it was prior to the Great Recession.
 
Here is a question: What was the first thing Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the NC State Board of Elections (SBE), asked for in her April 29 memo to the General Assembly?
Here is a question: What was the first thing Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the NC State Board of Elections (SBE), asked for in her April 29 memo to the General Assembly?
 
A Charlotte Observer article covering the back and forth on the reopening protests between Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) and his upcoming congressional opponent prompted Civitas to reach out to both parties for an interview.
A Charlotte Observer article covering the back and forth on the reopening protests between Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) and his upcoming congressional opponent prompted Civitas to reach out to both parties for an interview.
 
I’ve mostly given up on the daily Trump coronavirus press conferences from the White House when it comes to news.
I’ve mostly given up on the daily Trump coronavirus press conferences from the White House when it comes to news.
 
The House and Senate both passed bills to address the impacts of COVID-19, and the government’s response, on North Carolina
The House and Senate both passed bills to address the impacts of COVID-19, and the government’s response, on North Carolina
 
The North Carolina House and Senate this week both passed omnibus bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent government shutdown of the economy.
The North Carolina House and Senate this week both passed omnibus bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent government shutdown of the economy.
 
On March 26, State Board of Elections (SBE) Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell sent the General Assembly a memo listing a host of changes she would like to see made to North Carolina election law.
On March 26, State Board of Elections (SBE) Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell sent the General Assembly a memo listing a host of changes she would like to see made to North Carolina election law.
 
When the legislature set April 28 as the return date for this legislative session, no one could have imagined this session would be so different from any that has ever come before.
When the legislature set April 28 as the return date for this legislative session, no one could have imagined this session would be so different from any that has ever come before.
 
Touchscreen voting systems suffer from numerous defects and the State Board of Elections (SBE) should not have approved of their use in North Carolina Elections.
Touchscreen voting systems suffer from numerous defects and the State Board of Elections (SBE) should not have approved of their use in North Carolina Elections.
 
Coronavirus has put the brakes on a once booming state and national economy.
 
There is enormous pressure for Gov. Cooper to loosen North Carolina’s economic lockdown and get people back to work while protecting public health.
There is enormous pressure for Gov. Cooper to loosen North Carolina’s economic lockdown and get people back to work while protecting public health.
 
President Trump, through both his actions and words, is clearly seeking to reach out to African Americans ahead of the 2020 general election.
President Trump, through both his actions and words, is clearly seeking to reach out to African Americans ahead of the 2020 general election.
 
To limit the spread of coronavirus, public schools have been closed across North Carolina and the nation.
To limit the spread of coronavirus, public schools have been closed across North Carolina and the nation.
 
People across North Carolina and the US began receiving deposits from the federal government this week as part of the federal coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act.
People across North Carolina and the US began receiving deposits from the federal government this week as part of the federal coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act.
 
The coronavirus is reminding everyone that you cannot rely on government and that ultimately it is the private sector that will provide the solutions.
The coronavirus is reminding everyone that you cannot rely on government and that ultimately it is the private sector that will provide the solutions.
 
With everything else in North Carolina slowing down or stopping, it should come as no surprise that voter registrations have also slowed down.
With everything else in North Carolina slowing down or stopping, it should come as no surprise that voter registrations have also slowed down.
 
It was just a few short weeks ago that our economy was firing on all cylinders with virtually zero unemployment as almost everyone who wanted a job could get one.
It was just a few short weeks ago that our economy was firing on all cylinders with virtually zero unemployment as almost everyone who wanted a job could get one.
 
In the “from the editor” section of April’s newspaper, I wrote a little bit about the voluntary nature of charity compared to authoritarian tendencies from some leaders.
In the “from the editor” section of April’s newspaper, I wrote a little bit about the voluntary nature of charity compared to authoritarian tendencies from some leaders.
 
With massive unemployment forced on the people of North Carolina by government decree, the State should sharply curtail and preferably halt its state run gambling business.
With massive unemployment forced on the people of North Carolina by government decree, the State should sharply curtail and preferably halt its state run gambling business.
 
North Carolina’s economic and fiscal health is riding a decade of success.
North Carolina’s economic and fiscal health is riding a decade of success.
 
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.
 
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