Empty Words and Blind Partisanship

NCAE’s Annual Union Convention was this past weekend, and Union Boss Mark Jewell was busy rallying the troops for a proposed, second annual Rally For Respect. “I’m sad to say, we still have enemies on Jones Street; we’re fighting even now, for a budget that will prioritize student resources, educator pay and school safety. Some people still stand in the way of … Read More

Roy Cooper’s Blast from the Past

Ribbon Cutter in Chief Roy Cooper gave a speech yesterday where he laid out several of his priorities for this year’s upcoming budget debate. The N&O detailed some of the highlights, including: • An average raise of 9.1% this biennium (last biennium he vetoed a 9.5% raise) • $40 million to hire more nurses, psychologists and other support staff at … Read More

Exclusive: Did Legislative Democrats Form Front Group Claiming to be Conservative?

Several weeks ago, CPR obtained the NC House Democratic Caucus’ talking points on Medicaid expansion. That document is linked below: And just last week, new ads funded by “NC Fund for a Conservative Future” started popping up in Raleigh, targeting Republicans with a Medicaid expansion message: The ad linked through to a website for an organization calling itself “Conservatives for … Read More

Ouch: First Term Senator On a Mission to Spend Money

First-term Senator Wiley Nickel has hit the ground running after a couple of months on the job. Hungry to make sure he isn’t outflanked by anyone in Raleigh to promise the most amount of money spent he’s co-sponsored bills like a fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion bill and giveaways to Hollywood millionaires. Sen. Nickel’s insatiable desire to spend money that he … Read More

Harper Peterson’s High Priced Boondoggle

Remember a couple weeks ago when we told you about Sen. Harper Peterson’s endorsement of the “Green New Deal?” Now we’re starting to find out just how much green this “deal” is going to cost. A study released by the American Action Forum shows how much the top line policy proposals would cost and it’s not pretty: For those keeping … Read More

School Choice For Me But Not For Thee

Politicians like first-term State Senators Kirk deViere and Harper Peterson rode into office on big promises to “invest” – i.e. spend our tax dollars – in all kinds of things. Already, anti-reformers in the legislature are promising Medicaid expansion, a multi-billion-dollar bond, the laughable-if-it-weren’t-so-terrifying Green New Deal, and massive handouts to Hollywood corporations. They might as well say “everyone gets … Read More

Hollywood Harper Peterson Rides Again

Fresh off his genuflection to the Altar of AOC, throwing his support behind the comically expensive “Green New Deal,” Sen. Harper Peterson is back at it again with some more retreads of bad ideas. Just in time for Oscar season, Sen. Peterson’s out with welfare for Hollywood. Recent studies have shown that film credits have no meaningful impact on industry … Read More


Cole Phelps isn’t just another anti-reformer promising higher taxes, like Michael Garrett and John Campbell. In his short career as a public official, Cole Phelps has already raised taxes himself, and he’s itching to do it again. As a Washington County Commissioner, Phelps raised property taxes by about 10%. Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2017 Now he’s running … Read More


Another anti-reformer who opposed bipartisan tax cuts and teacher raises: Michael Garrett. Garrett has run for office several times, as both a Republican and a Democrat. This time, he moved in with his parents. Garrett says he supports teachers and public education, but on social media he’s blasted the state budgets that raised teacher pay (it’s now been raised five … Read More


It seems the conservative reformers on Jones Street are getting serious about a Constitutional Amendment that gives voters the chance to cap tax rates and handcuff big-spending politicians. The House Finance Committee approved the tax cap last week, and the entire House is poised to sign off soon. This is good news for taxpayers, good news for the state’s economy … Read More