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Why NC’s first GOP governor in a generation lost

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The stars seemed aligned for Republican Pat McCrory to easily win re-election as North Carolina’s governor. When McCrory took office in January 2013, the economy was already months into its recovery from the Great Recession and would continue its upswing during the next four years. McCrory…

Seeking ways to avoid police-involved shootings

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The Charlotte police officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott was exonerated last week. And while there was some dissatisfaction with Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray’s report, there was no rioting, no violent reaction, not even peaceful protest marches. The finding was accepted, albeit grudgingly by some critics of the way…

The role of states, as states, in the Electoral College

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist Of all those whose predictions were dashed by this year’s presidential outcome (“Trump is headed toward a major loss” his Oct. 19 headline blared), few have been more exercised than the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne (“white identity politics and male self-assertion triumphed” he railed the day…

Thank you, John Stossel

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist Seven years ago, John Stossel’s show debuted on Fox Business. This week he announced that the show will end next week. Some years ago – I’m not sure whether he was still on ABC’s “20/20” then or had moved to Fox – I introduced John at…

Trump, like Helms, rode populist streak as outsider

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist At first glance, the late Sen. Jesse Helms and President-elect Donald Trump could not be more different. Helms, who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 2003, was as plain as brown shoes, married to the same woman his entire adult life, and…

Cooper’s leadership skills will be tested

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Roy Cooper’s win in the race for governor of North Carolina was one of the few bright spots Democrats could point to in either state or national elections in 2016. What remains to be seen is how Cooper will use the office, which won’t have much legislative power but is,…

OUR VIEW ~ County leadership takes shape

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Each December, Lincoln County commissioners vote amongst themselves to choose their colleagues who will serve as chairman and vice chairman of the board. On Monday, the commissioners appointed freshman commissioner Bill Beam as chairman and fellow freshman Martin Oakes as vice chairman. The appointments are wholly unremarkable, other than the…

Trump’s Carrier claims revisited

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DANIEL R. PEARSON Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump has claimed victory in his effort to preserve employment for Carrier workers in Indiana. Assisted by $7 million in tax incentives provided by the State of Indiana, Trump persuaded the company not to move 800 furnace manufacturing jobs to Monterrey, Mexico. This…

Putting innocent Americans on ‘trial’

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “Let’s not make a federal case out of this.” Nearly all of us have heard someone say something like this at one time or another. And it used to mean something. Not anymore. This bit of sarcasm, after all, is meant to imply that the person…

Trump’s Carrier claims revisited

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DANIEL R. PEARSON Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump has claimed victory in his effort to preserve employment for Carrier workers in Indiana. Assisted by $7 million in tax incentives provided by the State of Indiana, Trump persuaded the company not to move 800 furnace manufacturing jobs to Monterrey, Mexico. This…