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  1. May

    Feds Drop IRS Seizure Case Against NC Biz Owner

    Posted in Miscellaneous By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Federal prosecutors have dropped the case against a North Carolina small businesses owner. Lyndon McLellan, a convenience store owner in rural Robeson County, became an emblem for the many ways that IRS seizure and civil forfeiture laws have dogged run-of-the-mill business owners who operate with cash. For nearly a year, the 50-year-old Fairmont man has […]

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    Carly Fiorina at CLC

    Posted in Miscellaneous By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , , ,

    The former Hewlett-Packard CEO has announced she's running for president, and she's drawing admiring profiles in the media, as in  this one about five important qualities she brings to the field. That she is impressing political observers is no surprise to those who heard her at our Conservative Leadership Conference in March.

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    NEA numbers fail to tell whole story

    Posted in Education, Miscellaneous By Bob Luebke

    Click to expand graphic NEA – the parent group of the largest teachers association in North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) – has a graphic showing how school employment has not kept pace with enrollment growth (See above. Click to expand graphic). It’s a bit misleading. This is a good example of […]

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    Civitas Op-Ed in Burlington Times-News

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Miscellaneous By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    On Sunday, the Burlington-based Times-News ran my opinion piece in which I argue that North Carolina's public records laws suffer from several fundamental flaws. The piece begins by noting that NC's public records laws lack any real teeth when it comes to motivating state agencies to fulfill requests: …North Carolina’s public records laws have proven to be an impediment, […]

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    New Bill to Examine Burdensome Occupational Licensing Boards

    Posted in Miscellaneous, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    North Carolina has so many occupational licensing boards and commissions, they can't even count them accurately. This fact was highlighted in a Civitas "Waste of the Week" feature last May: The Attorney General’s office lists 55 Boards, while a legislative oversight committee lists 57. According to the audit, “When asked how state-level entities compile their […]

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