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Hillary Clinton’s debt promise (that she’d definitely break)

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CHARLES HUGHES Guest Columnist In the third and final debate last week, Hillary Clinton tried to flex her fiscal responsibility bona fides by vowing that she “will not add a penny to the debt” on three separate occasions. That must mean she has comprehensive reforms to address entitlements, rein in…

Senate candidates in tight races reject anti-immigrant message

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist As Donald Trump doubled down on his anti-immigration message in last night’s debate, Republican candidates for Senate across the country are not adopting his lines. In fact, they are overwhelmingly going the other way, rejecting mass deportation and endorsing legal immigration and various forms of legalization…

State elections aren’t about gridlock

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist After Republicans won their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, and particularly after they won the U.S. Senate in 2014, the nation’s capital became a place of active inaction. There was plenty of furious activity — bills filed and debated, President Obama calling…

No, HB 2 isn’t destroying NC

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The left wants to make every state-level election in North Carolina a referendum on either Donald Trump or HB 2. That’s a smart tactic, politically, but the rhetoric doesn’t always match the facts. HB 2 came up during a candidate forum at the Lincoln Cultural Center last week. Incumbent state…

Rate increases show ACA is broken

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If anyone needed any more evidence that the Affordable Care Act is a failed policy, the news in the past weeks that premiums through Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurer offering policies on the marketplace in North Carolina, are increasing by an average of almost 25 percent is another…

Taking a knee and remembering Dean Smith and Charlie Scott

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Do you grit your teeth when an athlete or performer takes a knee during the National Anthem before a game begins? We have mixed feelings, don’t we? Like UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Roy Williams, who was angry when he first heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback…

Reader’s Forum

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Support for Jenkins My husband and I are voting for Dr. Elaine Jenkins for Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Through her experience and leadership in Lincoln County Schools and many community boards and organizations, Elaine Jenkins has a proven record of successful leadership. I have known Dr. Elaine Jenkins for…

McCrory makes his Carolina Comeback

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolinians have long known that the electoral contest between Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper would be expensive, contentious, and competitive. It’s the top gubernatorial race in the country. And it’s the top political priority for many activists and interest groups here in North Carolina. Now,…

Disaster relief built into budget

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Sometimes I wonder if televised debates don’t do more harm than good, confusing the public when candidates make arguments woven from issues taken out of context. After the Hurricane Matthew floods, North Carolinians were clearly susceptible to rumors that government help would not come. In…

Reader’s Forum

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Support for Edmunds As your sheriff, part of my job is to learn about the men and women who serve as our judges and justices. One of the best, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds, is running for re-election this year. I know Justice Edmunds. He’s an asset to…