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The intangible

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics, October 12, 2015. The political powers that be up in Washington are telling everyone who’ll listen that Deborah Ross is too liberal to defeat Richard Burr but, still, Deborah Ross on a tear is a wonder to behold. Senator Richard Burr is steady as it goes. He’s genial and […]

Reduce black incarceration

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Greenville Daily Reflector, October 10, 2015. Whether it is fair or accurate for a group of protesters to “indict” local prosecutors for “unjustly criminalizing blacks” by citing a few cherry-picked cases is debatable. By citing broad statistics showing higher rates of criminal convictions among blacks, however, the group highlights a troubling problem within […]

Third grade proficiency: Students need to find reading success

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, October 12, 2015. It’s baffling and disappointing that a significant portion of area third-graders are having so much trouble demonstrating proficiency in reading. This is a problem that, if not corrected, will curtail future success for the students. We’ve got to figure out what’s going wrong and fix it. Nearly 900 […]

Where our tax dollars go

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Sarah Curry, John Locke Foundation, October 9, 2015.

Cooper presses for ‘new priorities’ in gubernatorial bid

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, October 12, 2015. Walking in to the strains of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” Attorney General Roy Cooper ended months of speculation Monday by announcing his candidacy for governor in 2016. “It’s time for a governor who believes that we should measure our state by the success of regular […]

The demolition of local government

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Madison Taylor, Burlington Times-News, October 10, 2015. In Stokes County, where I was born and raised, a lot of good people I know very well fought the good fight because they have legitimate concerns about fracking. They did it the old-fashioned way by calling the local newspaper and then the largest newspaper closest to […]

The need for compromise

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Thomas Mills, Politics NC, October 9, 2015. Before everybody jumps on me as a shill for Hillary Clinton, let me say that I’m not working for the Clinton campaign. I’m not even enamored with Hillary Clinton and not sure she can win next November. In fact, if Joe Biden got into the race I […]

GOP’s sales taxes hit modest incomes

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, October 10, 2015. This year’s General Assembly, like most sessions, was a mixed bag — some good stuff, some bad. One disturbing trend, however, is emerging: A conviction among many of our legislators that the way to pay for state government is by nickel- and dime-ing those least able to pay. […]

If regulators, Duke aren’t cozy, then who is?

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Fayetteville Observer, October 12, 2015. We’ll be surprised if we get any real transparency here, but we’ve got to ask anyway: Who, exactly, is steering this state’s environmental policy, and where is it going? We ask that in reference to the out-of-court settlement nearly two weeks ago that gave Duke Energy a weak […]

Demi search for challenger to Burr

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 10, 2015. Few, if any, Democratic politicos will say that next year’s U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Sen. Richard Burr will be a cakewalk, but some say that their party is about to miss an opportunity to at least push the veteran lawmaker. “He’s not a guy who’s got a […]