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A brief history of Tar Heel presidential politics
RALEIGH – An early poll suggests that North Carolina will again be a battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, especially if former First Lady Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic n ...

Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review
RALEIGH – The agenda for last week’s State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening i ...

North Carolina's long history in the movies
RALEIGH – Did you know that hundreds of silent films were shot against the backdrop of the North Carolina mountains in the early 20th century? Or that most cities and towns once had African-Amer ...

Transportation priorities a test for administration
RALEIGH – Last week, state officials released the first batch of transportation projects to be funded through 2025 under the new “strategic mobility formula” proposed by Gov. Pat McC ...

Medical examiner's office needs more, not less
A calculated risk. That’s how a noted forensic science expert described a move last year by North Carolina’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to discourage staff from autopsying the ...

Many factors affect state growth
RALEIGH — What do Colorado, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts and North Carolina have in common? Not much, it would seem. Yet according to the latest data, they are among the states leading the nati ...

Wanted: Long look at election laws
RALEIGH – With all of the noise from the left and the right about possible voter suppression and voter fraud, North Carolinians deserve a thorough, nonpartisan and unbiased assessment of voting ...

Lefty and Roy -- and their critics
While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, “Charles ‘Lefty’ Driesell: A Basketball Legend,” he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach R ...

What we learned from the speaker's race
RALEIGH – As the race for state House speaker heated up in recent weeks, Republican candidates for the post campaigned by sending letters to their colleagues about how they would lead the 120-me ...

Annual ritual of cynically suspending the blame
The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the ...

Reviewing the Common Core standards
If the review of Common Core standards ordered by the state legislature is a waste of time, at least it’s not costing any money. The Academic Standards Review Commission was authorized to hir ...

Prudence needed on budget
RALEIGH — According to the latest monthly report from State Controller Linda Combs, the state of North Carolina has collected about $6.5 billion in General Fund revenue during the first four mon ...

Politicians are thankful, too
RALEIGH – Politicians and others involved in government in North Carolina have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. The N.C. Democratic Party can be thankful for Asheville and Buncomb ...

State receiving advice from former Duke Energy lawyer
As state environmental officials compose new regulations for Duke Energy’s cleanup of its coal-ash dumps, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource has been receiving counsel from an ...

Lawsuit filed by Governor Pat McCrory
It’s hard to keep up with all the lawsuits filed to block legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in the last four years. Various groups have challenged abortion restrictions, redistr ...

States should think long-term
RALEIGH — Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymak ...

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