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The role of campaign contributors in state election
If there were any North Carolinians out there who still doubted that campaign contributors get special treatment from some politicians, they surely have been disabused of that notion by a series of re ...

Let's keep the holiday spirit all year long
Here’s a sobering statistic to consider just a few days after sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. One in four children in North Carolina does not get enough to eat on a regular basis. It ...

Our holiday longing for home
“There is something about the holidays,” says Chapel Hill minister Bob Dunham, “that stirs memories and longing for home. “Even if they are better in memory than they were i ...

Election experiment to begin
RALEIGH — North Carolina is about to run a political experiment. You and other potential voters will determine its outcome. The state has traditionally held May primaries for governor, Congre ...

Four-letter word North Carolinians should embrace
RALEIGH – I know it has four letters, but I’ve still never understood why “toll” is such a bad word in North Carolina. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I vividly remember ...

A corrupting influence on the courts
RALEIGH — Recent “pay-to-play” allegations that have surfaced in media reports focused on members of the executive and legislative branches in North Carolina. It probably won̵ ...

Will politicians return contributions?
RALEIGH – When video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns sent about $270,000 in campaign donations to dozens of North Carolina state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory in 2012, it was clear what he wa ...

Restraint cuts borrowing costs
RALEIGH — North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that enjoy the highest credit ratings from all bond-rating agencies. When investors looking for safe returns from government bonds do ...

When in doubt, blame the media
RALEIGH – British politician Enoch Powell once said: “For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship’s captain complaining about the sea.” Think about that for ...

Retiring Rucho anything but retiring
RALEIGH – If you pay attention to state politics, you’ve heard of Bob Rucho. The retired dentist and lightning rod from Matthews in Mecklenburg County has been at the center of many of ...

Scores follow national trend
RALEIGH — North Carolina schools got a mixed report from the latest independent tests, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). During the coming political season, you sh ...

Health plans post big losses
RALEIGH — When the Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010, analysts from the Congressional Budget Office, the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, and private-sector allies rele ...

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