There’s no time to waste in addressing NC’s self-inflicted class size crisis

There’s no time to waste in addressing NC’s self-inflicted class size crisis

To casual observers, the recent controversy surrounding public school class-size mandates in grades K-3 might seem a bit confusing. The traditional ro...

May 8th, 2017 |  


Swing Voters aren’t all alike

Swing Voters aren’t all alike

RALEIGH — Sports analogies are overused in political analysis, I admit. But for some purposes, there’s no better description than the exam...

May 8th, 2017 |  


Some hard truths about the North Carolina economy

Some hard truths about the North Carolina economy

In a yearly ritual as reliable as weird weather and parents stressing about finding summer camp for the kids, late spring finds some legislative leade...

May 5th, 2017 |  


Beware litmus tests

Beware litmus tests

Back in 2005, I went to work for a woman running as an independent for the House of Delegates in Virginia. She had been a lifelong Republican and had ...

May 4th, 2017 |  


Governor Cooper is underselling his teacher pay plan

Governor Cooper is underselling his teacher pay plan

Amidst the clamor over the General Assembly’s unfunded class-size mandate, Governor Cooper’s teacher pay plan has fallen from the North Ca...

May 3rd, 2017 |  


North Carolina Should Raise Age

North Carolina Should Raise Age

RALEIGH — Almost exactly one year ago, South Carolina’s state senate was presented with a measure to raise the default age at which those ...

May 3rd, 2017 |  


The Six Word Story

The Six Word Story

Celebrated novelist Ernest Hemingway was once reported to have made a bet with companions that he could write a novel in six words. He asked each to p...

May 2nd, 2017 |  


Workplace fatalities in NC remain a woefully under-addressed scandal

Workplace fatalities in NC remain a woefully under-addressed scandal

On April 15, 2015, Robert Rue died on the job. Rue had been an electrician since graduating from Cary High School in 1971 – coincidentally, the ...

May 1st, 2017 |  


Caution Needed On State Budget

Caution Needed On State Budget

RALEIGH — While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by t...

May 1st, 2017 |  


How is economics involved in health insurance

How is economics involved in health insurance

We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other group. Many want to repl...

April 28th, 2017 |