Civitas Review

Hillary Clinton's Troubles Mount

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Jan
08

2015_03_10_Hillary_Clinton_by_Voice_of_America_(cropped_to_collar)This article by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. says "the Federal Bureau of Investigation will recommend that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and various of her aides, and soon. The evidence consists of materials that the Bureau has gathered in the course of its months-long investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s personal server."

Maybe, maybe not, as Tyrrell concedes. Keep it in mind in coming months, however.

BTW, if you'd like to hear more from Tyrrell, founder of The American Spectator, we are planning to have Tyrrell speak at our Conservative Leadership Conference. Click here to sign up.

CLF Petitions NC Supreme Court in Religious Liberty Case

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Jan
07

Yesterday, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom filed a Petition for Discretionary Review with the North Carolina Supreme Court in the matter of Breedlove v. Warren. In the petition, we ask the Court for expedited review of a September trial court decision prior to a ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

The trial judge ruled that two North Carolina magistrates lacked standing to challenge the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)'s issuance of directives requiring all judicial staff to participate in same-sex marriages, even if doing so violated their sincerely held religious beliefs. The judge reasoned that since the AOC does not hire, fire, or supervise magistrates, it cannot be sued for forcing them to resign under duress. The case arose prior to the passage of Senate Bill 2, which now allows magistrates to opt out of performing marriage ceremonies under certain circumstances.

In our petition, filed with co-counsel W. Ellis Boyle, we ask the Court to consider several questions, including the following:

Can an administrative agency be held responsible for exerting authority over a state employee that the agency or its agents do not directly hire, fire, or supervise, when that agency exerts at least some authority or influence over either the affected state employee or other state employees who supervise the affected state employee?

We also ask the Supreme Court to consider the proper standard for evaluating religious liberty claims under the North Carolina Constitution. Proceedings at the Court of Appeals will continue while the Supreme Court considers whether to grant the petition.

Crony Gov't Handouts a "Stick in the Eye"

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Jan
06

This according to state Senator Andy Wells (R-Catawba). From the N&O  

A state senator from Hickory is denouncing as a political “poke in the eye with a stick” a promise of state incentives to Corning Inc., which will move about 500 workers from his city to Mecklenburg.

Corning Inc. announced last month that it would relocate the global headquarters of its Optical Communications business from Hickory to Mecklenburg, where it will employ about 650 people. The state has promised $2.35 million in incentives over a dozen years.

That’s not going over well in Catawba County, where state Sen. Andy Wells, a Hickory Republican, said the decision to offer incentives for an in-state move is bad politics and bad policy. The deal shows why the state should end its incentives program, he said.

But its not just state tax handouts Corning is after. According to the article, the rent seekers are working on handouts from Mecklenburg County as well as the city it locates to.

Is NC Road Bond Idea Slightly Alive?

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Jan
05

You probably remember that classic line from "The Princess Bride:" "It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive."

That may come to mind if you read about the push for infrastructure bonds, as Matt Caulder details over at NC Capitol Connection. For the idea of another bond, for highways, is not all dead.

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Just the Facts, Ma’am, on UNC

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Jan
04

By Jenna A. Robinson

The UNC system likes to boast that it is “one of the strongest and most successful systems of public higher education in the nation.” And in the eyes of higher education elites, it does have much to boast about. The system enrolls more than 200,000 students per year at 16 campuses around North Carolina—now the 9th most populous state in the nation. Its flagship university, UNC-Chapel Hill, has an entering freshman profile with an average SAT of 1300 and GPA of 4.63. After six years, 91 percent of students have graduated, the highest rate in the state.

But a deeper dive into the data show that not everything is so rosy. Read More »

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