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GOP shouldn’t block special election

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A three-judge federal panel has delivered, to no one’s surprise, an expected order that North Carolina must push ahead with a special election in 2017. The election comes as a result of an earlier ruling ordering new legislative maps to be drawn by March 28 for new districts. Any districts…

Why Democrats dominate NC governor’s races

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The election of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper should surprise no one. During the past 100 years, no state in the continental United States has elected more Democratic chief executives or fewer Republican governors than North Carolina. North Carolina has elected three GOP governors during the past…

A quaint political reunion recalls ‘career education’

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist On the day before the General Assembly convened this week to launch the 2017-18 legislative cycle, 50 or so people gathered over lunch in downtown Raleigh for a charmingly unusual campaign reunion. They assembled to remember and celebrate the campaign of the candidate, not who won,…

Swan song from a ‘reluctant’ hawk

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GENE HEALY Guest Columnist President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to a capacity crowd in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. It’s the right venue for the speech, the president explained, because Chicago is “where my career in public service began.” Indeed, it’s the city where, as a young state…

Cooper should work to expand Medicaid

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Sometimes a leader has to do what needs to be done and ask permission later. That’s the course Gov. Roy Cooper is taking with Medicaid expansion. It’s making legislative leaders furious. Well, tough. Cooper is trying to do exactly what needs to be done — what Gov. Pat McCrory should…

America’s criminal justice system is broken

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CHRIS COONS and THOM TILLIS Guest Columnists As a Democrat from Delaware and a Republican from North Carolina, we disagree on plenty of policy issues. You might think that would be especially true of an issue as historically divisive and politically challenging as crime and punishment. That’s not the case.…

North Carolina is no Cuba

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Let me say this with as much tact and respect as I can muster: If you truly believe that the level of democracy in North Carolina is in any way comparable to the level of democracy in Cuba, then you are either 1) an ignoramus, 2)…

Criminal Charges — 1-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Donna Marie Sanders, 55, of 504 Mauney Rd. in Stanley was charged on Jan. 8 with one count of misdemeanor larceny. Amber Renee Tetreault, 22, of 2393 Hickory Ridge Ct. in Denver was charged on Jan. 8 with one count of…

Around Town — 1-13-17

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SATURDAY Supper St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton, will host Chicken Pie, Chicken Dumpling, Stew Beef Supper from 11 a.m. until. Eat-in all you can eat or take-out generous portions for $10. Eat-In only is $10 for adults, seniors $9, children…

Obituaries — 1-13-17

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Lloyd Dorn Harmon, Jr. DENVER — Lloyd Dorn Harmon, Jr., age 88, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 surrounded by his wife, Cecilia and children Sean, Pharis and Marya at Lake Norman Regional Hospital due to complications from pneumonia. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:30 p.m.…

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