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Unfunded state promises spark debate

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Judging by what makes the front pages, the top of the newscasts, and the list of “what’s trending” on social media, North Carolina politics consists of spirited debates about H.B. 2, spirited debates about voting laws, spirited debates about teacher pay, and spirited debates about why…

What’s next for HB2?

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So, what happens next? When it comes to HB-2, we have two sides that have dug in, refused to budge and are complaining that the other side won’t compromise. Gov. Pat McCrory and some leaders in the Republican-controlled legislature have said they’ll repeal the “bathroom bill” that’s made North Carolina…

Partisan gerrymandering test proposed

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist A new lawsuit alleges a congressional redistricting plan drawn by Republicans in Raleigh is “one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern American history.” It’s not just a wild assertion made for effect. The plaintiffs say they can back it up. The lawsuit, filed by the…

Reader’s Forum

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Planning board helps shape county’s future According to our county government site, the job of the Lincoln County Planning Board is to prepare, administer and interpret ordinances that enhance the quality of life in Lincoln County and provide orderly development. It is an advisory board to the county commissioners in…

McCrory, under siege, continues to lash out against critics of HB2

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CHRIS FITZSIMON Guest Columnist When it comes to HB2, the disastrous anti-LGBT legislation that he signed into law, Gov. Pat McCrory can’t seem to help himself. Virtually every prominent individual or institution that criticizes HB2 in any way can count on a bitter and over the top attack from the…

Athletics at Chapel Hill

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In a four-part series last week, The News & Observer’s Dan Kane drew into one narrative his years of reporting on how bogus classes were created to help athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His sweeping account laid bare the failure of overseers to see and the reluctance…

Crime may become election issue

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist As the candidates for North Carolina attorney general, Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein, met September 20 at Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre for their only formal debate, they couldn’t have known that just 90 minutes to their south and west, riots were about to break out…

Refugee program accepts three Syrian

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DAVID J. BIER Guest Columnist Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been warning against accepting Syrian refugees. Last year, he said of refugees, “They’re all men. You look at it. There are so few women and there are so few children. And not only are they men, they’re young men.”…

What other states’ voters get to decide

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – North Carolina voters won’t decide any statewide ballot referendums or initiatives in November. In most other states, residents will vote on issues such as legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage, increasing cigarette taxes and prohibiting large-capacity ammunition magazines. North Carolina is…

Portrayal of Scott shooting suspect

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Of all of the things we’ve learned in the week since the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott near UNC-Charlotte by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, one thing is abundantly clear — the media coverage of Scott’s death and the protests that followed has done more to feed the unrest that…