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Don’t change too much at Krispy Kreme

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, part of the fabric of Winston-Salem for 78 years, put us on the national map, then the world map. Several years ago, it had its share of troubles, but rebounded so well it has for some time attracted major corporate interest. Monday, that culminated with news of…

Presidential arrogance on steroids

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist “Obama said ‘so sue me.’ The House did, and Obama just lost.” That’s how the Wall Street Journal sub-heads its lead editorial this morning discussing the president’s latest court loss, nailing this most arrogant of presidents who believes he can rule “by pen and phone,” ignoring…

Foreign policy and the failure

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A. TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist The American presidency has accumulated an unprecedented set of institutional advantages in the conduct of foreign policy. Unlike on the domestic side where presidents face an activist and troublesome Congress, the Constitution, the bureaucratic and legal legacies of previous wars, the overreaction to 9/11, and…

State voter-ID law is draconian

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North Carolina’s draconian voter-ID law. Plaintiffs will have to hope higher courts think differently. The law, passed in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, requires voters to show one of eight forms of photo ID. The law also eliminated same-day voter registration and preregistration for…

Do Republicans want the national spotlight on HB2?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For weeks, House Bill 2 has made national and international headlines, thrusting North Carolina into the spotlight over bathroom access and rights – or lack thereof – for transgender people. More recently, Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina filed separate lawsuits asking…

Finding our way out of a locked bathroom

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can we do about House Bill 2? Polls show North Carolinians divided about the new law. Answers to polling questions depend upon how the questions are asked. Most North Carolinians, even supporters of transgender rights, do not want men to barge into women’s bathrooms. And…

Go play a serious game

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The presidential contest is now set. It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump (vs. likely Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson vs. likely Green nominee Jill Stein, both of whom will attract voters disenchanted with the major-party options.) Expect Clinton and Trump to fight nasty. They think they have…

Let HB2 fight play out in court

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t have many options, but the best option was the one he took. A lawsuit against the federal government over the legality of HB2 will, hopefully, help codify discrimination protections for the nation as a whole, and it will give the governor and General Assembly…

Unaffiliated candidates fight for ballot access

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Like dozens of his General Assembly colleagues, Rep. John Bradford III, a Cornelius Republican, thought he would have it easy come November. As of right now, the first-term legislator has no competition in the fall election. His name was expected to be the only one to…

Budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

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ALEXANDRA FORTER SIROTA Guest Columnist Just a few weeks into the 2016 state legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are for the future of the state’s communities and families. First, the governor proposed a state budget that fell far short of what North Carolina needs…