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The rocky but open road ahead for a new governor

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Since Roy Cooper clinched the election for governor, two narratives have been advanced to project how his early months in office will, or should, play out. The new Democratic governor will soon take the oath of office in a moment of uncertainty and Republican muscle-flexing –…

Reader’s Forum

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Response to Curtis, Saine According to Sen. David Curtis, Gov. Pat McCrory needed an an additional 1,075 appointees to “fix the issues” that the governor inherited from the previous governor. There is no doubt that Curtis is an honorable and diligent public servant, and that he will gladly supply to…

Waste, fraud, abuse and Trump

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BENJAMIN H. FRIEDMAN Guest Columnist Prior to attacking intelligence assessments on Russian hacking and meeting with Kanye last week, the president-elect went on a bit of a defense jag. Monday, @realDonaldTrump bashed Lockheed’s F-35 joint strike fighter program for its “out of control” price-tag. He said the same of Boeing’s…

HB2 repeal leaves both sides looking silly

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Now that the battle of wills between Republicans in the state legislature and Democrats and activists in Charlotte may be nearing its end, can we all agree that the hubbub over HB2 has left North Carolina looking just a bit foolish? As this is being written on Tuesday, Gov. Pat…

A Christmas long remembered

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist World War II was raging in the winter of 1944. I was stationed in England, flying C-47 transport planes for the 437th Troop Carrier Group. It was a vicious winter with deep snow everywhere. The ground was frozen so hard that our ground troops had to…

State economy outpaces nation again

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s economy continues to outperform the national and regional averages — which is one reason why, the results of the gubernatorial election notwithstanding, the state’s policy fundamentals are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. A few days ago, the federal government released its latest…

Charter schools could use more oversight

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Republicans who lead the General Assembly are tough on accountability when it comes to traditional public schools and public school teachers. They’ve pushed changes that put a letter grade on public schools and moved to end teacher tenure to make it easier to fire poor performing teachers. But when it…

We almost didn’t have the Bill of Rights

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Ask someone to quote from the U.S. Constitution, and you’ll likely hear the words “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …” Ironically, though, if some of the Constitution’s framers had had their way, these words wouldn’t even have been in the document…

Carolina lawmakers become leaders

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When the 115th Congress convenes in early January, North Carolina’s delegation is poised to play a prominent role in charting a post-Obama course on a host of policy issues. As I’ve previously noted, Sen. Richard Burr will begin the 2017 session as chairman of the Intelligence…

Once more Mr. Nice Guy

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s most popular politician reappeared last week, almost four years after disappearing from public view. Seven times elected mayor of Charlotte, then elected governor by 12 points, Nice Guy Pat McCrory appeared on a YouTube video just in time to say goodbye, to concede…