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The uncivil origins of the School of Civic Life and Leadership at UNC

BY: - October 19, 2023

Civil discourse in a democratic society must entail more than a polite exchange of views. It must also entail honesty, freedom from coercion, and commitment to rules that all participants understand and agree to, and which are not subject to unilateral change by one party seeking advantage. Ironically, all of these characteristics have largely been […]

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NC GOP lawmakers betray a surprising lack of confidence

BY: - September 26, 2023

North Carolina Republican legislators have rarely, if ever, been in a stronger position. Their leaders — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore — have a combined 23 terms of legislative experience and political chits upon which to draw, millions of dollars in campaign cash and dark money at their disposal, […]


Is this the silliest excuse yet pushed by conservative defenders of the General Assembly?

BY: - August 14, 2015

There are a lot of bad explanations that have been advanced to justify various acts of the state’s conservative political leadership in recent years. There’s been the “it’s all Bev’s Fault” excuse in which every problem in (and experienced by) state government — including the Great Recession and its aftermath — is attributed to former […]