Lawmakers target successful, homegrown program for at-risk babies and mothers for elimination


This is a true story. It’s about a smart, homegrown program embedded in our state’s communities that has made tremendous progress in ensuring North Carolina mothers-to-be have healthy babies who grow up in healthy families. Unfortunately, this story may not have a happy ending, because state lawmakers are seriously considering dismantling the program [Continue Reading…]

NC Senate’s Medicaid “reform” plan is not the answer

Medicaid gap

Legislators have set some laudable goals for reforming the state’s Medicaid system. Medicaid, as a reminder, is a health insurance program that primarily covers children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and low-income seniors. Like all large organizations, especially those in the world of insurance, Medicaid in North Carolina could stand some modernizing. Policymakers [Continue Reading…]

Lack of school voucher standards makes a mockery of NC’s “sound basic education” guarantee


The principle of judicial restraint is a wonderful thing. It helps keep judges – as they go about their business of determining whether laws are constitutional – from horning in on the role of legislators, whose task is to make policy choices and then to enact laws reflecting those choices. Proper restraint makes [Continue Reading…]

Protecting rural communities: The need to regulate “crisis pregnancy centers”

choose life

Last month, in one of its more troubling recent rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case challenging North Carolina’s “Choose Life” license plates back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices directed that the case be reconsidered in light of their recent holding that specialty license plates constitute government [Continue Reading…]