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Jim Martin as a catalyst

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist I know the kind of candidate the Republicans need to beat Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic candidate in next fall’s presidential election. It is not any of those running now. That party needs somebody smart who can get along with the far right in the…

Labor market woes are national

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist While North Carolina’s unemployment rate currently stands at just under 6 percent, some argue that problems in the state’s labor market are worse than that one statistic would indicate. They are absolutely right. But when critics attempt to use this argument to indict the conservative policies…

Lawmakers leaving NC with tangled incentives plan

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Job creation, much ballyhooed by candidate Pat McCrory when he was seeking the governorship, has been decidedly underwhelming since he and fellow Republicans took control of the legislative and executive branches of state government in 2013. (The GOP gained legislative control two years earlier.) The problem has been that Republicans…

The final day of session, in 7 Tweets

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist If you follow the N.C. General Assembly and aren’t on Twitter, you should be. Most state government news gets broken via Twitter today, and legislators, lobbyists and reporters go there to share information and – often – snark about legislative happenings. With that in mind, here…

Russia follows U.S. script to intervene in Syria and embarrass Washington

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Vladimir Putin opened a new game of high stakes geopolitical poker, backing Syria’s President Bashir Assad. But Washington has no complaint. America has been meddling in Syria’s tragic civil war from the start. Russia’s dramatic backing for Syria’s beleaguered Assad government formally buries any illusion that…

Responsibility is missing in mass shootings

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Each time there’s a mass shooting in this country, politicians and pundits draw the same tired ideological lines and offer the same tired solutions. Conservatives believe that murderers expressly target areas where guns are banned, like schools and movie theaters, because there’s less of a likelihood that someone else with…

Best arguments for and against joint primaries

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The General Assembly decided to hold both the presidential primary and the traditional statewide primary elections on March 15, 2016. A bill to do that sits on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk as of this writing. On the same ballots in March, unless something changes, voters will…

Party disunity can be fatal

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Party disunity can be fatal for political campaigns in competitive races. Just ask former governor Rufus Edmisten. Sorry, make that former gubernatorial candidate Rufus Edmisten. After serving 10 years as North Carolina’s attorney general, he won the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in 1984. His opponent…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Strong paper, strong community

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Fifty years is a long time for any company to be in business but, for my money, it’s an especially significant feat for a community newspaper in today’s changing media landscape. The first edition of the Lincoln Times-News was published 50 years ago, on Oct. 1, 1965, and it’s with…

OUR VIEW — Re-dedication of a newspaper

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Editor’s Note: The editorial below published on the front page of the first edition of the Lincoln Times-News on Friday, Oct. 1, 1965. It is reprinted here in full. The news columns of today’s issue of the new Lincoln Times-News tell the story. The Lincoln Times has purchased the Lincoln…