Category: Columns

North Carolina needs bold action, not little tugs, to cut out unnecessary licensing

By Jon Sanders Raleigh, NC – A regular feature of the General Assembly being in session is legislation to make tweaks to different professions’ licensing requirements or scope of practice. As an advocate of individual liberty, free markets, and faster…

Suburban voters form largest bloc in NC

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – If you think about regional differences in North Carolina politics, economics, or culture in terms of urban blue and rural red, you are missing a thick slice of the story: the suburbs. And, no,…

Long Term Care COVID-19 deaths

By Kevin Roche Another chart, from Phil Kerpen on Twitter, of long-term care deaths by state. Very interesting information. Some of the variability is due to categorization and reporting differences. Interesting too how the percent of the population in long…

Place of death revisited

By Kevin Roche I have mentioned a couple of times before that looking at trends in place of death can tell us a lot about the impact of viral suppression efforts. This chart, from Twitter, shows the steady rise in…

Liquor business in NC should be private

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina governments shouldn’t be in the liquor business. Two recent stories illustrate this story well. One was written by my Carolina Journal colleague John Trump. The North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission has…