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NC cuts save taxpayers billions

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist Here’s a statement that North Carolinians of all political stripes can agree is a fact: Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature have enacted the largest tax cut in the history of North Carolina. Conservatives celebrate this fact. Liberals decry it. Since the GOP won control of…

The crowd thins

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor They’re dropping like flies now. Carly Fiorina is out of the GOP race for the party’s presidential nomination and, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were reports that Chris Christie is suspending his campaign after a sixth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Christie thought…

Reader’s Forum — 2-12-16

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Reader’s forum for February 12, 2016. Support for McHenry Common Core is a disaster, and has been for years. The federal department of education has been forcing Common Core upon the states. In fact, they were able to withhold federal money from states that did not use Common Core, until…

How Republican is North Carolina?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist How Republican is North Carolina? My answer is 63. I realize this number has no meaning to you right now. I’ll explain it. For starters, I’m not saying that 63 percent of North Carolina voters are Republicans. Not even half are Republicans. In fact, out of…

Protectionism wins in New Hampshire

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K. WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won their respective parties’ presidential primary elections in New Hampshire. There’s a lot that can be and has been said about this outcome and what it means for American politics. One interesting thing I’d like to point out…

OUR VIEW — Isn’t anything sacred?

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Not even the Porcelain Throne is safe from the culture warriors and PC police. Charlotte’s City Council will consider on Feb. 22 expanding the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include transgender people. That means, according to the Charlotte Observer, that transgender people would be protected by “an ordinance that prohibits discrimination…

Reader’s Forum: Public input meetings are a step in the right direction

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Public input meetings are a step in the right direction I attended the LCAS Public Input meeting at East Lincoln High School on February 3rd. I was encouraged by the spirit of cooperation by the attendees in my group, and I think some good ideas were presented, though none that…

We could all win this bet

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist By the time you read this, Super Bowl 50 will be over, and politicians in either Colorado or North Carolina will have gambling debts to pay. During the NFL playoffs, we’ve seen wagers between politicians for some of the finest delicacies from their respective states on…

Discarding unelectable candidates, but holding on to their supporters’ enthusiasm

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The trick to winning elections, old political warhorses say, is to rally the enthusiasm of the young, the idealistic, and the angry crazies, without getting stuck with a presidential candidate who cannot be stomached by the voters in the middle, the persuadables who decide elections. The…

On voting in North Carolina

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After urging potential voters to educate themselves on new voting procedures and be prepared to present an ID to cast a ballot March 15, we realized that we, too, needed a little more education on the subject. In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed what was called by many the…