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Driver's ed change raises concerns
State funding for driver’s education is set to run out on June 30, creating an expensive proposition for parents and local school districts. The move also creates concerns about highway safety, ...



Taking a look at proposed tax plan
If you observe politics long enough you can count on seeing one issue or another coming around full circle. What was once taboo for one side becomes manna for that same side at a later date. So it ...



Rift in Raleigh continues
The harsh language heard in Raleigh last week echoes the heated rhetoric frequently sounded in Washington. There, it’s understandable. A Democratic president and Republican congressional lead ...



Job growth sizzled last year
RALEIGH — According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from th ...



Life-saving drug war programs
Police departments nationwide are training their officers in the use of Narcan, an antidote that can save the life of someone who has overdosed on heroin or other opioids. The new tactic for preventin ...



Request from hotel owners goes too far
No taxation without representation. We all undoubtedly remember learning that phrase in school during history class. It was the rallying cry for American colonists who opposed the tax schemes of the B ...



Some good news out of Raleigh
It’s not often when we can devote this space to something positive coming out of the General Assembly, but it’s even rarer that we can boast of two good things in one week! Yet that is exa ...



Fight for public records continues
Every day, from Washington to Winston-Salem, the fight continues to keep public records public. President Obama’s administration hasn’t lived up to its pledge of transparency. Hillary C ...



A good step toward improving U.S. 301
As a part of the nation’s highway system, U.S. 301 came into being way back in 1932. Initially it involved just three states, the two Carolinas and Virginia. Over the years miles were added in b ...



This bill is a bad one
Secrecy and government don’t mix. That’s our message to Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County who wants to keep you in the dark about who wins the North Carolina lottery. State law says ...



Agriculture remains at center of growth, innovation
If your concept of agriculture business is based solely on watching reruns of “Green Acres,” then you certainly missed reading our series last week on agribusiness in Wilson County and the ...



Corruption grows in the dark; Democracy demands daylight
Just as most thieves wait till sunset to strike, power-hungry politicians tend to do most of their double-dealing under cover of darkness. The literal lack of sunlight and the figurative shadows ca ...



Some bills are interesting, others just plain bad
As of this writing so far the onslaught of bills filed in the legislature has been relatively light — or maybe it just seems that way to us. As of Wednesday, members of the House filed 224 piece ...



Secrecy bad idea for lottery winners
Secrecy and government don’t mix. That’s our message to Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County who wants to keep you in the dark about who wins the North Carolina lottery. State law says ...



It's all about accountability
Despite repeated calls throughout the years to end the practice, pundits and politicians still seem to revel whenever they can add the suffix “-gate” to a name or word. It all goes back to ...



Legislature should pass compromise bill
Principle has been pitted against practicality as the N.C. House considers a compromise bill that would revive the state’s historic preservation tax credits. While it seems to have an uphill fig ...



Two books for people who already work for us
It is a dream come true for me. A mixture of North Carolina public affairs and North Carolina books. Only rarely does a prominent North Carolina public figure write a book that promises to be a ...



Brody gets a shot in the arm
When Gov. Pat McCrory pledged last week that his state budget proposal would include more support for Brody School of Medicine, he said state health officials and others had convinced him of the need. ...



Critics, supporters abound after FCC ruling
It should come as no surprise that last week’s ruling by the Federal Communications Commission sparked more inquiries of Wilson’s Greenlight Internet broadband service. The FCC removed the ...



Education plan has no clear future
The Student Success Act replaces No Child Left Behind with “conservative reforms to restore local control and stop top-down education mandates,” House Speaker John Boehner’s office s ...



Despite pledges, you'll pay more taxes
Next state election cycle we think it will be interesting to see whether certain members of our state legislature will be working the spin machine at full throttle on the issue of taxes. Specifically ...



Chief justice will tell priorities today
North Carolina’s legislators are likely to be reminded today why they haven’t invited the chief justice to deliver State of the Judiciary remarks for the past 14 years: He always seems so ...



Back to the drawing board?
Joseph Heller not only wrote the book “Catch-22,” in the process he also gave the English language a new term. The book came out in 1961. We still use Catch-22 today to describe a circular ...



State picking winners and losers
Tax breaks for movie productions and historic property renovations are out. Tax breaks for more data centers are in. The North Carolina legislature is still picking “winners and losers,” b ...



Pivot back to markets
RALEIGH — Over the past four years, state policymakers in Raleigh have adopted a series of sweeping changes in public policy, including a new state tax code, school choice, new energy policies, ...




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