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We could all win this bet

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist By the time you read this, Super Bowl 50 will be over, and politicians in either Colorado or North Carolina will have gambling debts to pay. During the NFL playoffs, we’ve seen wagers between politicians for some of the finest delicacies from their respective states on…

Discarding unelectable candidates, but holding on to their supporters’ enthusiasm

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The trick to winning elections, old political warhorses say, is to rally the enthusiasm of the young, the idealistic, and the angry crazies, without getting stuck with a presidential candidate who cannot be stomached by the voters in the middle, the persuadables who decide elections. The…

On voting in North Carolina

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After urging potential voters to educate themselves on new voting procedures and be prepared to present an ID to cast a ballot March 15, we realized that we, too, needed a little more education on the subject. In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed what was called by many the…

Iowa offers lessons for NC

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation’s top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results…

Where we’re at on teacher pay

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist “Teacher pay” undoubtedly will be one of the most frequently uttered phrases around the General Assembly complex during this year’s legislative session, which begins in late April. The teacher compensation debate, already raging for years, was the main focus of two days of committee meetings recently…

America’s Decline: Economic freedom in eclipse

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but there’s another kind of liberty that’s easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we…

City makes a deal, again

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The cost of indecision for Lincolnton’s City Council? Eight thousand dollars. That’s how much money the city missed out on by waffling on the sale of the caboose at the old railroad depot. The council originally voted to list the caboose on the Government Deals website, with a reserve of…

Partisan motives are ‘hidden in plain sight’

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The ongoing legal challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID rule, now playing out before a federal judge in Winston-Salem, could end up reminding us that it’s not the job of the courts to decide whether a law is needed or wise. It’s their job to decide…

Reader’s Forum — 2-5-16

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Reader’s forum for February 5, 2016. Martin should make no-kill a priority After reading Chairwoman Cecelia Martin’s recent interview with the Lincoln Times-News (“Cecelia Martin wants one more term as commissioner”), I am left with one question: If she truly believes “there is no such thing as a No Kill…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t put too much stock in Iowa

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor And on Feb. 2, the media rejoiced. You’d think, after reading Tuesday’s papers, that Ted Cruz had won the Iowa caucuses by 40 points and then savagely beat Donald Trump in a bare-knuckle boxing match on the pavement in front of the Des Moines Register. The…