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Beach Reading For The Liberty-Minded Tar Heel

George Leef on liberty-focused books for summer reading; Jim Geraghty on importance of N.C.'s Senate race; state senators discuss red-light camera programs; Daniel Alexander on faith-based efforts to help job-seekers; Rick Henderson on irregularities found in Tarboro audit.

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Aug 21, 2014 03:24 PM

Does Medicaid improve patient health outcomes?

While Medicaid is a public health insurance program designed to help the most vulnerable populations, it generally fails to meet its good intentions. Thus, reforming the current system ranks a higher priority. Avik Roy, editor and principal author of Forbes’ Apothecary, just released Transcending Obamacare, a lengthy proposal on how states can realistically pivot towards decentralizedContinue Reading

Aug 21, 2014 02:42 PM

Commerce Department grew 67.5% in budget

In fiscal year 2014-15 Natural and Economic Resources spending within the General Fund increased by 9.7 percent, or $36 million.  That increase was mainly found in the Commerce Department’s budget, which had the largest increase within the Natural and Economic Resources budget category — 67.5 percent, or $34.6 million, over last year. This increase wasContinue Reading

Aug 21, 2014 02:21 PM

State Budget Process has changed

Policy changes are frequently included in the budget, and this year was no different. One of the more important items was a modification to the way the state budget is created. Historically the state’s budget development began with a continuation budget, which is a series of estimates of the amounts necessary to continue the sameContinue Reading

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Aug 21, 2014

UNC System Avoids Budget Chopping Block

While other state departments scrambled for funding, the UNC system saw its overall budget rise.

Aug 14, 2014

The Left Is Abandoning The Good Ship Obama

The president's sinking poll numbers have emboldened vulnerable Democrats to declare their independence.

Aug 07, 2014

The Clash of Rights In Hobby Lobby

The tension between "positive" and "negative" rights will grow more prevalent.

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Sep 06, 2012

How to downplay an embarrassing story

The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.

Mar 21, 2012

Death of a narrative

The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.

Jan 16, 2012

Anatomy of a Newspaper Hit Piece

In a Sunday piece, <i>The Charlotte Observer</i> employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.

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