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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 ...



That does not compute, Vol. 1
RALEIGH – This is the first in an occasional series, called “That Does Not Compute,” a look at goings-on in state government that don’t seem to make much sense. The Incredib ...



Enough already? Not even close
RALEIGH – The results of last week’s elections aren’t even official, yet the battle for one very important seat in 2016 – North Carolina governor – has begun in earnest. ...



Little change in General Assemly makeup
RALEIGH — “Anticlimactic” is a good way to describe the final result of state House and Senate races across North Carolina this week. “Boring” might be another way to ...



7 mildly encouraging signs after Tuesday's election
The folks on the right are still celebrating the big Republican victories around the country and in North Carolina Tuesday. And they have a lot to be happy about, defeating Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, ...



Economy isn't stuck in limbo
RALEIGH — Which picture of North Carolina’s recent past is more accurate? I’ll call the two alternatives Tar Heel Limbo and Tar Heel Heaven. (And, no, I’m not referring to the ...



One way the party in power stays in power
RALEIGH – How do all of those political ads show up on your TV screens and all those mailers arrive in your mailbox? Money, of course – and plenty of it. But cash gets into the hands of ...



Hard to fathom how scandal lasted so long
RALEIGH – The most shocking aspect of the academic and athletics scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has nothing to do with cheating and nothing to do with sports. It&# ...



Does N.C. need more frequent campaign finance reporting?
RALEIGH — With just a few days remaining before Election Day, voters have little chance of learning exactly how General Assembly candidates spent their campaign cash or who gave it to them. T ...




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