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A break in the conservative revolution?

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ROBB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist North Carolina Democrats may be on the verge of becoming relevant again. The Democrats have had a diminishing voice in Raleigh since Republicans won control of the legislature in the Tea-Party inspired GOP landslide in 2010. In recent years, the Democrats have often been relegated to…

The future of liberty in Lincoln County

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist Election season is over, our new leaders have been elected and we are now at their whims as to what our future will look like. There are a few bright spots and a few darks spot. The primary political philosophy of the Libertarian Party includes fewer…

Inmates and mental illness

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The last place a person with mental illness needs to be is in jail. A national initiative being honed in Forsyth County should make a difference. We’ve known for some time that our jails receive far too many inmates who suffer from mental illness or problems related to their mental…

The future of liberty in Lincoln County

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  NIC HAAG Guest Columnist Election season is over, our new leaders have been elected and we are now at their whims as to what our future will look like. There are a few bright spots and a few darks spot. The primary political philosophy of the Libertarian Party includes…

Weak governor trend likely to continue

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Although we can’t be certain who our next governor will be, we can be relatively certain that, for the fifth consecutive four-year term, our governor will be weak. At this writing, Attorney General Roy Cooper leads Gov. Pat McCrory by almost 5,000 votes.…

General Assembly balance of power

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DAN BOYLAN Syndicated Columnist After maintaining their veto-proof majorities in the General Assembly during last week’s elections, Republican leaders look to continue what they see as their push toward greater fiscal responsibility and less government interference. But first, North Carolina needs a governor. The week ended with a governor’s race…

Voters send clear tax message

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When North Carolina voters in 17 counties cast their ballots this year, they had the option of voting “yes” or “no” for proposed increases in local sales or property taxes. In effect, however, voters in all 100 counties got their say on tax policy. The message…

Trump protests will change nothing

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If anyone needed more evidence of the sorry state of what passes for the ideological far left in this country, look no further than recent protests of the election of Donald Trump in major cities across the country. Trump won the presidential election thanks to the Electoral College which, like…

WNC city can help end local poverty

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The poor need not always be with us. We can conquer poverty, in Asheville and elsewhere, if we commit ourselves to creating a sufficient number of jobs that pay a living wage and seeing that people have the training to hold those jobs. Last week, the Citizen-Times ran a series…

Legislators could keep control of state Supreme Court

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MELISSA BOUGHTON Guest Columnist North Carolina voters have spoken, and they tipped the state Supreme Court to a Democratic majority Tuesday, but there’s a possibility that the Republican-led legislature will attempt to gain partisan control again before the end of the year by packing the court. The high court is…