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It’s up to Congress and the Court

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To hear the left tell it, the election of Donald Trump may very well signal the end of the world as we know it. That might be just a tad bit alarmist. But Trump’s win was certainly a shock to many, especially the people who believed the polls were accurate…

What happens after the voting?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast with absolute confidence: most North Carolinians, like most Americans, will be dissatisfied with the outcome. I don’t just mean that roughly half the voters will end…

A well-deserved rest (from political advertising)

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist There’s no telling where you’ll find the idea that’ll make your fortune, but mine came on day one of early voting. A poll worker at the ballot scanner promised that, once we cast our votes, all political ads would disappear from our TVs. While everyone…

One campaign’s happy ending

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist By the time you read this, the election will be over. Some will be licking wounds, others celebrating. While the candidates have been appearing in every corner of our state, I have been traveling, too. I spent October on a non-political tour, campaigning to help bookstores…

In good hands

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If election returns tell us anything about Lincoln County, it’s that the Republican Party is still very, very strong here. Republicans won all three seats on the Board of Commissioners and three contested seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education. State Sen. David Curtis cruised to a win over…

Foreign wars and domestic politics

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist When things aren’t going so well for a president, it can be useful to find a scapegoat. Foreign threats are also useful distractions. The movie “Wag the Dog” told us that, as if we hadn’t seen the pattern repeated many times in our political history. We…

Reader’s Forum

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Support for Brackett I am concerned about the future of our country, state and our local community. Justin Brackett who is running for our district court judge for Lincoln County and Cleveland County, is a candidate who will deliver firm, fair justice for all citizens. He has been endorsed by…

Democrats yearn for Restoration

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — If it seems like the campaign against Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election has been going on for years, you aren’t imagining things. While parties out of power always spend their time on the “outs” strategizing for ways to get back “in,” North Carolina Democrats have…

The country will be fine

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Supporters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent the past months trying to convince those of us who vote that their opponent will singlehandedly destroy America if they’re elected. They’ve worked almost as hard to convince us that they’re the only ones who can…

Pipeline explosion’s effect on NC

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We’ve heard this song before and don’t want to hear it again. But like that earworm melody we can’t get out of our minds, a gasoline crisis is back. For the second time in two months, a problem has shut down one of the major pipelines that carries gasoline from…