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Always consider the source

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist My boss is awesome. He’s a loyal and devoted family man and employee. He edits my stories and columns flawlessly every time. He can run a 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and dunk a basketball from the free-throw line. He’s awesome. But if he wasn’t, who…

Panama Papers break open hidden world

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EDITOR’S NOTE: When you get your first offshore account, you know you’ve hit the big time. It’s no secret that the wealthiest people in the world use offshore banking and shell companies to shield their earnings from taxation. But what makes the Sunday publication of the Panama Papers the most…

State economy sets brisk pace

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As the 2016 general election unfolds in North Carolina, you should expect to hear a lot about how the state’s economy has fared under Republican governance in Raleigh. If Donald Trump is not the GOP nominee — his nomination would instantly become the central theme of…

Supreme Court leaves meaning of “one-person, one-vote” unclear

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ILYA SHAPIRO Syndicated columnist The unanimous Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Texas was constitutionally justified in drawing state electoral districts based on total population, even if this meant that great disparatives result among districts in numbers of voters. This was the case of Evenwel v. Abbott, in which Cato…

Relative quiet from state’s top economic developers

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As the big business objections to House Bill 2 roll in, you have to wonder what the state’s top economic developers think about the legislation sparking debate across the country. So far, they’ve been pretty darn quiet. And what they have said has been measured. So…

UNC- Chapel Hill programs suffer under Board of Governors

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The leaders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are, like others in the UNC system, running scared these days of the system’s Board of Governors and the state legislature, dominated by a hard-line Republicans. So it’s no surprise that they didn’t put up a fight when the…

Spreading McCrory’s word

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The mission of the N.C. Department of Transportation is “connecting people, products and places safely and efficiently with customer focus, accountability and environmental sensitivity to enhance the economy and vitality of North Carolina.” The goal of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is to…

Oklahoma Sheriff indicted for extortion, blames civil forfeiture reformers

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ADAM BATES Guest Columnist Instances of civil forfeiture abuse are common. Indictments against law enforcement are not. However, this week an Oklahoma grand jury returned an indictment against Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert and one of his deputies stemming from a civil asset forfeiture case. The indictment charges Sheriff Colbert…

OUR VIEW — Nuclear summit won’t focus on biggest issue

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President Barack Obama is hosting a summit “on global nuclear concerns, particularly the potential for a terrorist organization to obtain nuclear materials and the growing threat of North Korea,” but it’s not likely that the most important question will even be broached — when will America and the other world…

Turnout defies liberal forecasts

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If Republicans have been attempting to suppress the vote in North Carolina, they must be the most incompetent tyrants in modern American history. On March 15, some 2.3 million North Carolinians cast ballots in the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian primaries for president, governor, U.S. Senate, and…