3/10/2014 11:17 PM|
Money moves and lawmakers fiddle on homeowners associations
RALEIGH — A couple of years ago, two members of the state House who had been overseeing efforts to rein in abusive homeowners associations gave their colleagues a skeptical send-off as they hand ...
3/10/2014 11:16 PM
N.C. students consistently average
RALEIGH — Fair warning: I may be about to bore you to distraction. Is there any more potent political issue in North Carolina than education? Probably not. As allies of the teachers union, De ...
3/4/2014 11:53 PM
SEANC takes a shot at Cowell
RALEIGH — In North Carolina political circles, it is no secret that one of the largest employee groups in the state is coming after State Treasurer Janet Cowell. The State Employees Associati ...
3/3/2014 6:50 PM
Despite the talk, early voting gets trimmed in N.C.
RALEIGH — Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory told a national cable news audience, “In fact, (North Carolina’s voter ID law) does not shorten the hours for early voting.” In fact, i ...
3/1/2014 12:46 AM
What's in your name?
So, I’m guessing it is far enough into 2014 for most of us to admit to ourselves we aren’t going to keep those New Year’s resolutions. You know the ones I’m talking about that ...
2/25/2014 11:14 PM
Here come the turnaround consultants
RALEIGH — That the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a “turnaround” consultant to help sort out its Medicaid operations does not say good things about ...
2/24/2014 10:37 PM
There's east and there's 'Down East'
“Down East” in North Carolina does not mean what you think it means. Larry Earley, former editor of “Wildlife in North Carolina” magazine and author of “Looking for Lo ...
2/21/2014 10:14 PM
For regulated and regulators, spill changes things
RALEIGH – An environmental calamity as massive as Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River inevitably leads to finger-pointing. Someone has to pay. In media coverage and publi ...
2/20/2014 11:38 PM
North Carolina politics and the band
RALEIGH — “I am hurt,” says the dying Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet after trying to stand up for his friend Romeo and getting stabbed for it. “A plague o’ both your houses ...
2/19/2014 11:40 PM
A protest, election and contest to frame them
RALEIGH – A day before tens of thousands of people gathered for a protest march in the state capital, the head of the state Republican Party, Claude Pope, called a news conference to conduct his ...
2/17/2014 11:43 PM
What happens when the buildings start crumbling
RALEIGH – Some years ago, then-House Speaker Jim Black pushed an idea akin to so-called mortgage bullet payments to pay for new state buildings. The state would have paid very little on the c ...
2/13/2014 1:30 PM
A conservative view of Moral Monday
RALEIGH — Any political movement that can turn out tens of thousands of protesters on a chilly morning in February must be deemed impressive. To this conservative, the 2014 edition of Histori ...
2/12/2014 1:57 PM
Truth in fiction -- How bad did recession hurt?
The good news for all of us in North Carolina is that the unemployment rate is declining and the increase in economic activity is opening up new jobs to replace some of those we lost during the recess ...
2/11/2014 4:54 PM
Republican leaders announce plan to increase teacher pay
RALEIGH – After weeks of talk, the announcement that Republican leaders had come up with a plan to raise teacher pay in North Carolina was not unexpected. The basics, that its primary focus w ...
2/10/2014 11:04 PM
Here come the turnaround consultants
RALEIGH – That the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a “turnaround” consultant to help sort out its Medicaid operations does not say good things about ...
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