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As the bill sponsor of the Hands-Free North Carolina Act, I wanted to take a moment to clear up a few things so both constituents and fellow lawmakers know what this proposed bill really does — and what it doesn’t do.

Monday, 01 April 2019 11:29

COLUMN: Education needs choice and competition

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As a policy analyst and opinion journalist, I have spent much of my career advocating the expansion of choice and competition in education. I purposefully use both of those terms, because I think that families making choices and schools competing for students are distinct but mutually reinforcing mechanisms for improving educational outcomes.

Friday, 29 March 2019 17:21

COLUMN: The almost-lost art of storytelling

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No matter your age, you probably have been subjected to the stories of those older than you. 

Whether someone who is just a few years senior or someone well into the autumn of their years, the stories are shared with excitement and vigor. 

We applaud Richmond County’s legislative delegation for their attempt to protect property rights.

Thursday, 28 March 2019 13:05

COLUMN: Thoughts on gerrymandering

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Yesterday (Tuesday), the Supreme Court heard cases concerning gerrymandering in North Carolina and Maryland. The results could have wide ranging implications.

On Feb. 7, U.S. Senator Ed Markey ,D-MA, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, released the text of a joint resolution calling for a "Green New Deal."

Fine, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY. Let's vote on it in the Senate.

Monday, 25 March 2019 12:53

COLUMN: NC lawmakers can lower health costs

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Health care costs too much. Are we agreed? Great. Perhaps now we can discuss the more interesting question of what policymakers should do about the problem.

Friday, 22 March 2019 15:23

COLUMN: Book-buying bonanza

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A couple of weekends ago, my wife asked me if I wanted to go to one of those big book sales the local library puts on when they realize they have too many books that no one checks out anymore. 

After it became clear Donald Trump’s Electoral College triumph would be accompanied by a popular vote loss, USA Today predicted renewed attempts “to kill the Electoral College.” Since then, Oregon has joined those national popular vote efforts, and Colorado is poised to, pending its governor’s signature.

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