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Respond wisely to next recession

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If I could predict the onset of America’s next recession with precision, I wouldn’t tell you about it. I’d become a money manager and make a pile by timing the market. But I can’t, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll simply observe that based on historical precedent,…

Thanks, Gov. McCrory

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist When historians assess Pat McCrory’s term, I don’t think he will be remembered as nearly as successful as North Carolina’s previous two Republican governors, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser. McCrory was never able to overcome his lack of background in state government and politics, and he…

Republican actions on HB 2 won’t help win elections

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March, hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and other Democrats. It backfired. When…

Health reform needs state leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As recent events have reminded us, North Carolina’s state government is not a precise analogue to the federal government. Its leadership is more diffuse. The state legislature is stronger, relative to the executive branch, than Congress is to the presidency. Moreover, the executive branch isn’t unitary.…

Yes, there is such a thing as ‘fake news’

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Whether President-elect Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters like it or not, there is such a thing as “fake news,” and it isn’t what’s coming out of the New York Times or the Washington Post. Granted, there are some glaring issues at those publications related to the way they…

Environmentalists ignore the truth about fracking

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Groups such as the Sierra Club have long claimed that fracking is an environmental hazard. The revolutionary drilling process “has contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Sierra says on its website. Must rest on some pretty sound science, right? Guess again. The…

Anti-Cooper move: Coup or old hat? — 12-26-16

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Republican state lawmakers — disappointed with the outcome of the election — moved this past week to curb the powers of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats. Democrats called it an unprecedented coup. Republicans said they were just doing what Democrats have done in the…

On H.B. 2

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Lawmakers in Raleigh will be looking for gold stars and sympathy this week after finally moving toward a repeal of House Bill 2, a landmark mess of their own making. North Carolina voters should give them neither. Last February, Charlotte passed a city ordinance designed to safeguard the rights of…

How do we bring the season together?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about. We are used to it of course. It almost seems natural. But it is not. We have just done it this way forever. We are on…

History can teach both parties

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party. In all four instances, the legislature stripped the newly elected executives of some power. In the first three instances…