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A good start on savings

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Republicans who control the state budget have been criticized for tax changes in recent years, as well as for the spending priorities they’ve expressed through state budgets. That comes with the territory. But one aspect of those budgets that’s gone relatively unnoticed is the amount of…

North Carolina’s big ‘tax swap’ is coming up short

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ALEXANDRA FORTER-SIROTA Guest Columnist Tax Day 2016 is upon us and it’s clearer than ever that North Carolina’s recently re-formulated tax code is failing to fulfill its purpose of ensuring that every community can thrive. Rather than collecting the badly needed revenue to meet the growing — and changing —…

Domestic developments in U.S.-Saudi relations

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EMMA ASHFORD Guest Columnist In the run-up to President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia later this week, two domestic issues which concern the U.S.-Saudi relationship are also gaining attention. Yet these developments – a congressional bill which allows Americans to sue foreign governments for supporting terrorist groups, and growing calls…

Editor’s Note — Boycott of NC is counterproductive

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It’s currently in fashion among left-leaning artists, writers and musicians to cancel appearances in North Carolina in protest of HB2. Nothing could be more counter to what the goals of an artist should be. The artist has an obligation to speak out when they see something they believe is wrong.…

Don’t overstate political divide

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Has North Carolina become a state of extremes? Based on recent events, and lots of recent handwringing, you might think so. You might think there was no feasible way for Republicans and Democrats to work together on matters of public concern. But your conclusion would be…

Nuclear deal with Iran is a mistake

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist Earlier this month, I traveled to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt as part of a congressional delegation to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the most volatile region on the planet. I met with national leaders and visited one of the dozens of refugee camps…

Good government needs good journalists

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist As a former server at an Italian restaurant, I believe everyone should have to wait tables for at least a day in their lives. That way, when they go out for lunch or dinner, they might understand when their server isn’t perfect or their food isn’t…

Governor should call for repeal of HB2

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To borrow a phrase from Bruce Springsteen, Gov. Pat McCrory must have sensed some “darkness on the edge of town” in his re-election campaign. That is the only reason the governor is running for political cover in pretending to correct HB2, the disastrous bill passed by Republican leaders in the…

Congress is getting a special exemption from ObamaCare — and no, it’s not legal

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MICHAEL CANNON Guest Columnist The Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm and I have a new op-ed where we draw from newly uncovered to documents to show that the officials who bestowed upon Congress its own special exemption from ObamaCare likely violated numerous federal laws. Malcolm is a former assistant U.S. attorney,…

These shoes were made for rent-seeking

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WILLIAM WATSON Guest Columnist New Balance announced this week that it will intensify its lobbying efforts against the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the Department of Defense refused to accept the company’s bid to become the exclusive supplier of shoes for new military recruits. The news has gotten attention because it hints…