Civitas Review

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    Proof Govt. Can Be Trimmed

    Posted in Government By Jim Tynen | Tagged , ,

    Can government be cut down in size? Over at NC Capitol Connection, our colleague Matt Caulder reports on one move in that direction: the privatization of the state motor pool. It's a familiar story. There was a perceived need for a supply of vehicles for emergencies. Over time, the size of the pool expanded. But […]

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    Are College Students Wising Up?

    Posted in Education By Civitas Staff | Tagged , , ,

    By Jenna Robinson For the fourth straight year, college enrollment is down. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that this fall, enrollments at colleges and universities dropped for the eighth semester in a row, down 1.7 percent below what they were last fall. Jay Schalin suggests that this might be due to […]

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    Is NC Road Bond Idea Slightly Alive?

    Posted in Government, Legislative Activity By Jim Tynen | Tagged , , , , , ,

    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 […]

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    Ignore the Doomsayers about UNC's Spellings

    Posted in Education By Civitas Staff | Tagged , , , , , ,

    By Jenna A. Robinson In late October, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina announced that Margaret Spellings, Secretary of the Department of Education under President George W. Bush, would become its next president in early 2016. In the days and weeks that followed that announcement, faculty groups, student protestors, and talking […]

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    State High Court Vacates Death Row Cases

    Posted in Civitas Review, Public Safety By Civitas Staff | Tagged , , , ,

    Today the North Carolina Supreme Court vacated all four cases filed under the Racial Justice Act.  All four convicted killers who had their sentences commuted to life without parole by now-retired Judge Gregory Weeks will go back to Death Row. One of the reasons that the ruling was overturned was that three of the cases […]

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