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A non-lawyer on America's highest court?
President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court. Not really, of course. Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supre ...

Candidates at starting line
RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been ca ...

Incumbents squash challengers in fundraising efforts
RALEIGH – Chalk it up as another way that incumbent legislators in general have a distinct advantage over challengers in N.C. General Assembly races this and every other election year. Beside ...

Elections workers on notice about social media posts
RALEIGH – Employees and appointed members of North Carolina’s 100 county boards of elections should be mindful when they log onto Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media sites. T ...

I'm pretty sure there is no 'I' in team
Recently, my buddies and I from back home were exchanging emails every night for about a week and of course, we started picking on each other about old times. My one friend likes to tell one particula ...

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 ...

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State investigates dog's killing
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