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Clinton has bigger ground game than Trump

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The debates are over. Tens of millions of TV ads have been aired. Arenas have hosted large political rallies. Now the ground game — the shoe leather part of of the campaign — takes on added importance, with the early voting period having begun last week.…

Recovering after Hurricane Matthew

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Recovery efforts in much of this region are moving ahead. And the process has been remarkably smooth, for the most part. FEMA officials are here, assessing damage from Hurricane Matthew and helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible. They have already approved $2.5 million in aid.…

Obamacare must be fixed

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It was, at least, no surprise. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the only company that offers health care policies in all 100 counties in the state, has announced an average 24.3 percent cost increase for premiums on policies under the individual plans through the Affordable Care Act.…

A political tactic that’s losing steam

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Whether as Democrats while this was a one-party state or Republicans since the GOP’s 1972 resurgence, North Carolina conservatives have repeatedly used a reliable political tactic: Point at their opponents and holler, “Liberal! Liberal! Liberal!” Or, for emphasis, “Ultra liberal!” And, in a really tight…

On the poverty of constitutional debate

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist In the third and final presidential debate, we were treated, finally, to a brief discussion of what should have been a central issue in these debates — the meaning of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court under it. Unfortunately, the discussion got off…

An overblown link between hurricanes and global warming

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Hurricane Matthew proved to be a dangerous storm that killed hundreds, and caused floods and property damage from Haiti to the Carolinas. Thanks a lot, global warming. That, at least, is what some alarmists would have us believe. “Hurricane Matthew, a record-shattering storm that is unusual…

Presidential election won’t be rigged

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It’s much tougher to rig an election in 2016 than it was 50 or 100 or 200 years ago. But as more polls show that Republican nominee Donald Trump is in serious trouble in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, both he and his campaign supporters have begun claiming that…

Hot-button issues reign on TV

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ROY CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist You don’t need a poll to tell you how tight the major North Carolina races are. All you have to do is turn on your TV and watch the political commercials featuring such sexually-laden issues as rape, sexual offenders and men going into girls’ locker rooms.…

Cooper still bets on Obamacare

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has just been approved to raise the premiums of its health plans within the state’s Affordable Care Act exchanges by an average of 24 percent. This is larger than Blue Cross’s original request for a 19 percent hike, and…

Reader’s Forum

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HB2 goes beyond restrooms Pastor Andy Royals wrote a good letter for Pat McCrory, one of the worst governors we have ever had, cutting taxes on the right and raising taxes and fees on the people who could least afford them. I’m sure he has preached these falsehoods in his…