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More conservative gains are coming

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the governor’s race, North Carolina will continue its role as one of the nation’s leading practitioners of conservative reform and innovation. I’m not suggesting that the identity of the governor is irrelevant. Far from it. Over the past…

Race for governor is too drawn out

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Many North Carolina voters woke up Nov. 9 surprised that Donald Trump had been elected president. Two weeks later, the big surprise is that North Carolina’s governor’s race is undecided and there’s no resolution in sight. Challenger Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has seen his lead grow to 6,600 votes as…

Iran nuclear agreement: Deal us out

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Iran’s leaders have a simple message for any administration unhappy about the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama: Hands off. The deal has faced no shortage of criticism from those who rightly point out its defects. Too bad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says: There is “no…

GOP elephants never forget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina Democrats have spent much of the last week indignantly denouncing an array of Republican actions, attitudes, and options as “outrageous” and “inconceivable.” The most charitable explanation for their hysteria is that they simply don’t know very many Republicans. I do. It might help to…

Segregation by boycott

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist In the days before national chains, my Uncle Ted would only stop at auto-club approved motels during our annual baseball trips. “I want a clean room,” he would say. But I suspect now that the practice stemmed from his days as a salesman and a…

The actors and the president

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The job of the president-elect isn’t so busy that Donald Trump couldn’t take to the internet this past weekend to complain about a group of Broadway actors who, shockingly, were critical of his administration and used the attendance of Vice President Mike Pence at their performance to voice that criticism.…

Trump, Helms, and Democratic unity

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Are there silver linings for North Carolina Democrats after Donald Trump’s sweep in our state on his road to victory in the presidential election? The apparent victory of Roy Cooper for governor, of course, if it holds, could provide Cooper the opportunity to serve the state…

Where do progressives go from here?

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DAVID ZONDERMAN Guest Columnist We have been somewhere near here before — Reagan in the 1980’s, Bush the Second in the 2000’s. Donald Trump is certainly more crude and cruel than these past presidents, but he is also far less ideological. He has no apparent core values so who knows…

State to resolve key issues

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist It is too early to tell at this writing whether Roy Cooper’s slim election night lead over Pat McCrory will hold after the remaining ballots are counted, all ballots are recounted, and all potential legal matters are resolved. Indeed, it’s too early to tell at this…

Obama and Trump

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The “photo op” didn’t last long. Donald Trump had come to the Oval Office to meet President Obama and get acquainted. Trump noted as cameras of the Washington press corps whirred and clicked that the meeting they held in private lasted longer than he expected, and that he hoped to…