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Legislative statistics don’t lie

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Do you want to know how often your state House and Senate members voted with the majority of others in their chambers in the 2015 session? Or how often they voted the opposite way of the outcome of votes? Or who cast the most votes in…

Rising NC infant mortality underscores need to expand Medicaid

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ROB THOMPSON Guest Columnist The word “consistency” suggests stability, predictability, normalcy. It implies that we can move on and not worry. When the State of North Carolina announced our 2014 infant mortality data this week, the official release said “the 2014 statistics are consistent with previous years.” But for our…

Reader’s Forum — Republicans were unprepared at forum

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Republicans were unprepared at forum I attended the Chamber of Commerce forum on Oct. 13, for
the question and answer session among the candidates for city council and mayor in the upcoming election. Republicans and Democrats alike should have been appalled by the lack of knowledge about our city that the…

Afghanistan isn’t ready for troops to leave

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President Barack Obama has failed to make good on another campaign promise but, luckily, this one actually makes sense. Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. will maintain a troop presence in Afghanistan throughout the end of his term and after he leaves office — a complete turn-around from his…

NC teacher exits misstated

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Did you hear that 15 percent of North Carolina’s public schoolteachers left the profession last year, and that conditions are so bad that teachers are leaving our state in droves to teach somewhere else? If your answer is yes, then I have some bad news: You’ve…

Reclaiming liberal support for school choice

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JASON BEDRICK Guest Columnist Aside from repeated promises about “free” college education that are prohibitively expensive and would create perverse incentives, Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate contained very little talk of education, particularly K-12 education. That’s much to the chagrin of most education policy wonks, but it’s for the best. Constitutionally,…

Rushed votes in General Assembly can produce bad laws

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It is a not-so-glorious tradition practiced for many years by Democrats when they controlled the General Assembly. Dilly-dally for months, drag out the legislative session and, then, in the final hours, rush through legislation you’d just as soon not get much scrutiny from special interests or the public. Congratulations, Republican…

Fund transfer finally ends

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Frustrated by how long it takes for a good idea to gain traction and momentum in today’s Washington, D.C.? Plenty of Americans across the spectrum share your frustration. But the problem isn’t limited to Congress or the federal government. One good idea enacted this year by…

Japan’s vanishing pacifism?

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ERIC GOMEZ Guest Columnist Last month, the upper house of Japan’s parliament approved legislation that shifted Japan’s defense policy away from traditional self-defense towards collective self-defense. The new law enables the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) to come to the aid of allies in the event of armed conflict. It is…

A push for the middle in national politics

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Just so you know, people and organizations are out there trying to put an end to the partisan politics that have left Congress incapable of moving the United States forward in any meaningful way on the most pressing issues of today – the national debt, economy,…