The jig is up, comrades; head for the hills!


Intrepid Civitas sleuths have unearthed our vast and shadowy network Urgent Memorandum To: All current and former assets in the Vast and Shadowy Network of Leftist North Carolina Activists (“VSNLNCA” aka “VSN-NC”) From: Agent R-JC-PW-2 Date: 1/28/15 Re: Abort all subversive activities immediately; report to previously designated site (see below) for further instructions [Continue Reading…]

School Choice and unaccountability week


The timing couldn’t be more perfect for this year’s “ School Choice Week,”  the nationally orchestrated right-wing funded annual public relations extravaganza touting alternatives to traditional public schools, including charters, virtual charters, home schools, and of course voucher-supported private and religious academies. Next week the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release grades [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


520 million—amount in dollars of the loss in state revenue from proposed elimination of the state capital gains tax (“A Capital Loss: Eliminating taxes on capital gains would make North Carolina’s tax system more unfair and make the state’s revenue challenge worse,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, January 2015) 90—percentage of North Carolina [Continue Reading…]

The Follies


Tillis flip-flops on climate change North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis seems to have changed his mind about climate change, or at least whether or not it is real. Tillis was one of 98 senators who recently voted for an amendment to a bill about the Keystone XL pipeline that stated clearly that climate [Continue Reading…]

Making the guarantee of Roe v. Wade a reality for all


Thursday January 22 is the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court established that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses the right to choose whether to end a pregnancy. Each year around the anniversary of the Roe, we reflect on how the decision dramatically [Continue Reading…]

An anniversary to be mourned and used as a call to action


A ruinous national experiment enters its sixth year today Despite its countless attributes and accomplishments, the United States has experienced more than its share of disastrous laws, political eras and policy experiments since its founding 238 years ago. It took 89 years to officially eradicate slavery and we’re still combating its poisonous legacy. [Continue Reading…]

The Follies


Medicaid recommendation another swipe at McCrory and Wos A legislative subcommittee recommended this week that the state Medicaid program be taken out of the Department of Health and Human Services and set up as an independent agency. It would be governed by its own board, appointed by the governor, with the power to [Continue Reading…]