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In other opinion: Changes to state laws and regulation could affect tourism
Tourism in North Carolina is a $20 billion-a-year industry, and that’s only counting what visitors - traveling for recreation or on business - actually spend here. That total does not take into ...



Can cooler heads prevail to end session?
RALEIGH – Late last week, it seemed like the only thing Republican House and Senate leaders could agree on was to get doused with cold water as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge social media craz ...



Millions of voters won't have a choice on Election Day
RALEIGH – As part of my job, I look each day at a 2014 state House or Senate race. All 170 General Assembly districts are up for grabs this year. I look at the makeup of voters, voting trends in ...



Pay reform meets student needs
RALEIGH — Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by gi ...



Election-year anxiety for seniors
RALEIGH – When older people talk, politicians and election candidates usually listen – if they’re smart anyway. That’s because older people vote, which is why a new poll releas ...



5 state budget details you might not have heard
RALEIGH – By now, you’ve probably heard that the $21 billion state budget for 2014-15 gives teachers raises and doesn’t cut thousands of people off of Medicaid, as once proposed. But ...



It's time to rebuild state reserves
RALEIGH — We don’t know what the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly will look like after the November election. Republicans are favored to hold their majorities in both leg ...



The 'rogues' and the battle for tougher coal ash bill
The most conspicuous failure in this year’s largely unsuccessful legislative session was the adjournment — or more correctly congressional-style recess — without the passage of a bil ...



Lawmakers are humans, too
RALEIGH – It’s easy to see state legislators as partisan politicians driven by egos and personal or special interests. That’s typically what the rhetoric from either side of the poli ...



Who said this would be easy for GOP?
Lawmaking ain’t easy, even with strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican in the Executive Mansion. That emerged crystal clear last week from what was expected to ...



Budget was worth the wait
RALEIGH — It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler. When it comes to No ...



Read others' views and you can decide for yourself
“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.” Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional ca ...




Here are some of the responses Wilson Times readers provided to questions and news stories posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page. The Times has more than 10,700 Facebook followers and shares b ...



A cynic's guide to shutting down the short session
RALEIGH – The curtains could come down on the General Assembly’s “short” session in the next week or two, about a month later than legislative leaders predicted before the 2014 ...



Why do we have to choose between teachers, elderly?
This column won’t answer any questions, just pose them. As you might have heard, the state budget debate going on in Raleigh this summer pits the livelihoods of thousands of teacher assistant ...



Credit claims are poorly scripted
RALEIGH — When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing. Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists ...



Troubling agreement behind budget posturing
Another week at the General Assembly, another round of posturing on the budget, and another set of damaging and unnecessary budget cuts proposed because lawmakers are determined to give corporations a ...




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