REFORM MAJORITY PASSES $1.1 BILLION, HELPS PARENTS; COOPER TO VETO?

The NC General Assembly passed a $1.1 billion “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0” bill Thursday which now goes to Governor Cooper’s desk for signature. The bill helps those receiving unemployed benefits and addresses other needs, and assists parents dealing with the uncertainty and problems the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to educating their children. The bill includes $440 million that will go … Read More

BUDGET FUN BEGINS AGAIN THIS WEEK; NEW ALEC RANKING HAS NC 5TH

With the upcoming session of the NC General Assembly around the corner, it seems appropriate to take a break from COVID impacts and talk about money. We’ve talked before about how the Governor’s budget proposal takes $85 million from the Opportunity Scholarship program that helps low-income families with scholarships so they can send their kids to the schools of their … Read More

SCHOOL CHOICE STRIPPED BY GOVERNOR

The school choice fight is not going away. According to a press release from the NC Senate (Aug. 26, 2020), Governor Roy Cooper’s just-released state budget “strips funding from the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program.” The Opportunity Scholarships program provides money for families who want to get their children out of bad or dangerous educational situations and have the opportunity to … Read More

THE TEACHER UNION POLITICAL MACHINE: COMPASSIONLESS

In a cruel attack on parents and children – especially from low income families – Roy Cooper’s State Board of Education viciously rejected Dan Forest’s plan for make virtual charter schools available for more families who can’t attend school in-person because of COVID-19. That ignores what an education leader who cares about kids said to the Wall Street Journal about … Read More

NOW IT’S VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS

With the COVID pandemic devastating the traditional school experience for children across North Carolina, parents are doing all they can to get the best educational situation for their children to learn. So it was painful to read that the State Board of Education rejected a plan that would have allowed up to 3800 more school children to attend two virtual … Read More

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Articles have been written recently about leftist groups that are popping up in North Carolina faster than mushrooms after a week of summer rain.  Civitas’ Brian Balfour has had a laser focus on a New Left coalition called NC United for Survival and Beyond – made up of over 200 liberal organizations from all over the state.  Balfour spelled out … Read More

STEP UP NCAE

Last week, NC state senators Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) and Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga) sent a letter to the NCAE teachers union suggesting that, because the group applied much of the political pressure that led to school closures and in-person learning limitations, the NCAE “dedicate a portion of its dues to fund scholarships for low-income children to attend learning centers in Wake County.” … Read More

WE NEED RELIEF – FAST

I saw on Facebook recently a piece on inventions created in North Carolina. One particularly interesting item addressed was all the headache powders that started in the Old North State. According to the article, BC Headache Powder was invented in 1906 in Durham by pharmacists Germain Bernard and Commodore Council. Thomas Stanback invented Stanback Headache Powder in Salisbury in 1911. … Read More

CONSIDER THE COURT

If you thought this post was going to be about the NBA playing basketball again in their big bubble in Orlando, consider yourself had. This is instead a look at where the judiciary is in North Carolina and how much things have changed since the reform majority was elected and began its efforts after the 2010 election to bring reform … Read More

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIM FRAUD RAMPANT

Kudos to WTVD-TV for their investigation into rising unemployment fraud. With all the unemployment claims being filed as a result of the economic downturn from COVID-19, miscreants are attempting to take advantage of the unemployment system through identity theft, impostor fraud, and other unauthorized attacks on the banking system. The WTVD ABC11 report includes interviews with citizens who have experienced … Read More