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Challenging NC’s legislative districts

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North Carolina Deputy Attorney General Alexander Peters put up a strong defense last month against a lawsuit challenging the state’s gerrymandered legislative districts. The case was argued before a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. Plaintiffs, represented by Anita Earls of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, asked…

U.S. military should do less, not spend more

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the military. A recent Rand Corporation report warned that failing to deploy a large enough Army could “lead to a failure of the U.S. strategy and subsequent regret.” But as I point out…

Hill Democrats renew push for ‘assault weapons’ ban

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WALTER OLSON Guest Columnist “1. We must do something. 2. This is something. 3. Therefore, we must do this.” That’s not just a famous line from the BBC’s old comedy Yes, Minister, it might serve as a philosophy of government for about 90 Democrats on Capitol Hill led by Rep.…

Animal Services fine warrants more attention

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Lincoln County commissioners need to get to the bottom of a recent fine levied against Animal Services by the state. The Department of Agriculture issued a $7,500 civil penalty against the county agency for several violations, including “a steady increase in deceased cats and dogs within the shelter’s kennels, along…

Democratic group seeks middle ground

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Rarely do we hear a politician talk so candidly and publicly about the shortcomings of his political party. State Rep. Ken Goodman, a Democrat from Rockingham, did that recently at a luncheon with political and business leaders from across the state. Democrats, Goodman said, lost about…

Nomination may tip state races

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper, Richard Burr, and many other confirmed or potential candidates for statewide office in North Carolina have plans. They have backers, and staffers, and plenty of ideas for how to win their elections next year. But there’s a key variable required before determining…

Death penalty increasingly a part of NC’s history

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KEN ROSE Guest Columnist This year, for the second time since 2012, not a single person was sentenced to death in North Carolina. Our state is clearly realizing that, while no punishment can heal the terrible grief of violent crime, life without parole is a tough and fair sentence for…

The anniversary of the end of slavery

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The old State House chamber in downtown Raleigh hasn’t been used for lawmaking, with rare exception, since the Legislative Building on Jones Street opened in 1963. But the Greek Revival-style Capitol completed in 1840 still has powerful symbolic value as a venue to mark anniversaries of significant events that happened…

Six strikes and you’re out, Rep. Brockman

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist In the following paragraphs, I’m going to give you many reasons why state Rep. Cecil Brockman of High Point should resign from the General Assembly, or at the very least be shown the door after the 2016 election. Then, at the end, I’m going to tell…

Making friends with our presidents

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The president of the United States today sends troops to fight in distant lands for long periods, enters into binding agreements with foreign powers, and takes other extraordinary actions, all without prior approval from Congress. Presidential candidates promise to reverse their predecessors’ agreements on the first…