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Will politicians return Keith contributions?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns sent about $270,000 in campaign donations to dozens of North Carolina state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory in 2012, it was clear what he wanted. He wanted to make sure the sweepstakes games remained legal in the Tar Heel state,…

Government gets poor data

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Politicians have two main rhetorical tools as their disposal. When they want to build rapport with voters, they use an anecdote — often about an impoverished childhood, an upwardly mobile family, or a moment of great personal triumph or tragedy. The other tool employed most often…

OUR VIEW — Time to take out Islamic State

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The images coming out of France on Friday were shocking and horrifying. Any time a terrorist attack hits a western nation, world leaders vow to rigorously hunt down the people who are responsible. But in this case, we know which organization has claimed to be responsible. For the good of…

Hold next council meeting in Citizens Center

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Hold next council meeting in Citizens Center Upon reading your recent editorial regarding outcome of recent city election, I had been contemplating responding. While attending our Nov. 5 City Council meeting, I had signed up to speak in the public comments. During my presentation, I congratulated Mayor John Gilleland and…

Want to reduce domestic violence? Expand Medicaid.

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Speaking at a recent press event on North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid, I highlighted the fact that October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I’m sure many were initially surprised to hear me make the connection between these two subjects. It’s clear that many important state…

Towards a balanced budget amendment

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist I’ve previously written about the Compact for America, an organization that advocates a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution through an interstate compact. (Full disclosure: I’m on the CFA Council of Scholars.) Not surprisingly there are several organizations and grassroots movements out there pushing BBAs.…

Restraint cuts borrowing costs

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that enjoy the highest credit ratings from all bond-rating agencies. When investors looking for safe returns from government bonds do their shopping around, in other words, they consider our state to be one of the best…

Paul vs. Rubio on Pentagon spending

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CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE Guest Columnist Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul scored points with their respective supporters during their brief but spirited exchange over military spending in Tuesday evening’s debate. Paul scolded Rubio for his profligate ways. “How is it conservative,” Paul asked, “to add a trillion dollars in military…

When in doubt, blame the media

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist British politician Enoch Powell once said: “For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship’s captain complaining about the sea.” Think about that for a minute. Politicians should know that media scrutiny comes with the territory, yet they sign up anyway. Then complain.…

Guest View — Serving veterans

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What we say about those who serve in our armed forces is one thing. What we do, all too often, is another. That became painfully clear in the case of “patriotic” tributes to the military at National Football League games that turned out to be paid advertising. For pre-game jet…