Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: October 2011

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    31

    The Ghost of ACORN

    Posted in Elections & Campaigns, Politicians & Politicking By Susan Myrick | Tagged , , ,

    Just in case you have ever wondered about that seemingly innocent and mild-mannered group – The League of Women Voters (LOWV) – here is a story out of Wisconsin that will help you better understand the organization. The former Wisconsin State Director for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Carolyn Castore is now working […]

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    31

    Reflecting on the Leandro Lawsuits

    Posted in Education, Legislative Activity, Life & Family Issues, Politicians & Politicking By Andrew Henson | Tagged ,

    A lawsuit that started back in the late 1990’s continues to have a resounding impact on state politics and policy today. Known as the Leandro lawsuits, this case has changed the education standards across the state and has changed its own course several times, encompassing new ideas and concepts adopted by the courts. Since July, […]

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    31

    Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Stanley) passes away at age 74

    Posted in Politicians & Politicking By Neal Inman | Tagged

    State Senator Jim Forrester of Stanley, NC has passed away at the age of 74. Best known in recent years for his advocacy for the Defense of Marriage Amendment, Forrester was a former physician and retired Air Force general who represented several counties in the Piedmont area for 11 terms.  From the Gaston Gazette: A longtime North Carolina […]

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    31

    State Vehicle Inspection Program Plagued With Inconsistency, Fraud

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    A fine piece of reporting by the News & Observer results in this piece exposing the inconsistency and corruption in North Carolina's state vehicle inspection program. The inspection program is supposed to establish a uniform checklist of safety measures active vehicles are to live up to. But in reality, the system falls well short of […]

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    Oct
    27

    Revenue Is Up for the State Budget but the Picture Is Far from Rosy

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Matt Willoughby | Tagged , ,

    State lawmakers are keeping a close eye as tax collections roll in. They are hoping that will help with shortfalls in Medicaid and relief for Hurricane Irene. The economic analyst for the General Assembly, Dr. Barry Boardman, gave members of a legislative commission reasons to cross their fingers.  He said tax collections were above the […]

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