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Starting or putting out a fire requires three components, So does a Political Movement
I have a theory about presidential politics and the 2016 election. It has the virtue of fitting much of the data currently available. Another of the theory's virtues is that it can readily generate a couple of plausible scenarios for how the primary season may play out among...
Republicans are highly unlikely to lose majority control of either legislative chamber in the 2016 General Assembly elections, and the state treasurer's seat is expected to be a hotly contested race that Republicans are hoping to flip into their corner, political analysts from each major party say
"Prediction is very difficult," said physicist Niels Bohr, "especially if it's about the future."
A nationally recognized criminal justice reformer is confident North Carolina eventually will overturn a state law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to be charged as adults, but acknowledges political resistance to the proposal remains.
The conflict conservative legislators face between satisfying constituents and staying true to free-market principles is playing out in the debate over the scope of North Carolina's certificate of need law, a set of rules governing where a host of medical facilities - diagnostic centers, psychiatric
Kudos to Senate leader Phil Berger for his incisive answer as to whether he would support an independent redistricting commission. According to Gary Robertson of the Associated Press, Berger said...
In part one of this series we reported on right-of-center political consultants who have created an innovative business model advising a growing number of Republican legislators to turn their backs on conservative, free-market principles to take up the cause of more government mandates...
The most recent Civitas Flash Poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a lead among likely North Carolina Republican primary voters in a survey of selected candidates for the 2016 GOP nomination for president.
Commencement season is an often-controversial time. Last year was conspicuous for its wave of politically motivated disinvitations, with students trying, sometimes with success, to get their universities to rescind invitations to commencement speakers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Condoleezza Rice.
Tomorrow is the day we celebrate our nation's founding-and the first time that a nation was deliberately founded on reason and the rule of law instead of on accidents of history. The central question of this article is "how are the founding and related topics treated in today's academia?" It is a...
The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis looks like it's about to become the most expensive statewide race in North Carolina history.
The heated debates over national politics that played out during the recent election campaign and its aftermath often pale in comparison to the battles that took place throughout the 1800s.
Civility, transparency, and an increased willingness to hear a range of ideas could improve the debate in North Carolina's General Assembly.
A former Indian Trail town planner testified under oath in September that in the early 2000s, town leaders ordered him to commit illegal acts in approving developers' plans.
Many people choose not to vote. Laws that benefit only limited special interests are incredibly hard to kill. Government tends to grow, even when voters elect officials who promise fiscal restraint.
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
As the John Locke Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, it can look back on a quarter century of change, change in the state and in the organization itself.
Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not.
Thank you for reading this column. It's not just that I appreciate your interest in what I have to say. I appreciate the fact that you are reading this publication at all. According to a recent set of surveys by the Pew Research Center, a distressing number of our fellow citizens rely mostly on...
Ask a modern-day American conservative to list his political heroes, and you're likely to hear names such as Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Those who've studied 20th-century government might throw Calvin Coolidge and Barry Goldwater into the mix.
American evangelicals have been portrayed as a monolithic bloc that opposes science and believes in the literal truth of every word of the Bible.
In nearly three decades of writing a syndicated column on North Carolina politics and government, I've always received reader response.
The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis looks like it's about to become the most expensive statewide race in North Carolina history.
The heated debates over national politics that played out during the recent election campaign and its aftermath often pale in comparison to the battles that took place throughout the 1800s.
A former Indian Trail town planner testified under oath in September that in the early 2000s, town leaders ordered him to commit illegal acts in approving developers' plans.
Civility, transparency, and an increased willingness to hear a range of ideas could improve the debate in North Carolina's General Assembly.
Many people choose not to vote. Laws that benefit only limited special interests are incredibly hard to kill. Government tends to grow, even when voters elect officials who promise fiscal restraint.
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
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