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RALEIGH — North Carolina House and Senate leaders have just fashioned a compromise budget for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years. The deal includes sizable pay raises for school teachers and principals, boosts for other state employees and … more
America is in trouble and that trouble is real, factual, chaotic and dangerous. We did not wake up this morning and learn of this trouble. It has been brewing for at least the past 10 years. We must admit, however, that someone turned the burners on … more
“I have just spent a couple of hours trying to negotiate the State Health Plan eligibility exercise and am still steaming about the difficulty I had following its directions. Others may have a better experience, but I kept thinking about … more
RALEIGH — Over the last four years, Republican legislators, fueled by veto-proof majorities in both houses, have refashioned the state’s tax code, voting laws and its policies on education, the environment and social issues. After the … more
I try to be a polite guy. I say “please” and “thank you” and I try my best to be sincere when I say something. I imagine, though, I have become too sincere. I have become sincere to the point that most conversations I … more
I’ve written about all kinds of big, grand-sounding Latin theological terms coined by Martin Luther 500 years ago in this column. I’ve hit on major historical events during the protestant Reformation that changed the course of history … more
RALEIGH — Since the beginning of this year, there have been no net new jobs created in North Carolina. In fact, using the latest data from the monthly survey of employers, there were about 2,200 fewer filled jobs in North Carolina in May … more
Often, a discussion emerges as to the current and continued relevancy of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Such a discussion usually occurs when the organization is pushing back on attempts to erode civil rights gains … more
Starting a business from nothing requires persistence, hard work and a lot of faith. But ask entrepreneurs and they will say it is definitely worth all the sweat and stress. Taking my business from an idea and building it into a reality has been one … more
RALEIGH — Even as the number of voters who identify themselves as unaffiliated rises at the expense of the Republican and (especially) Democratic shares of the electorate, partisan polarization remains a strong force in our politics. How … more
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