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NC primary results still matter

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In national news coverage leading up to the March 15 presidential primaries, North Carolina’s election was treated as an afterthought. The winner-take-all GOP primaries in Florida and Ohio dominated the headlines, a reasonable decision given their importance in the delegate math and their existential consequences for…

Reader’s Forum — 3-18-16

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Support for McHenry Immigration has always been a hot-button issue in American politics. Recently, it has become a top-tier issue again for the 2016 election cycle. Let’s look at the record of our congressman, Patrick McHenry, on immigration. First, he is 100 percent against amnesty. Second, he supports securing the…

Obama versus Obama’s foreign policy

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BENJAMIN H. FRIEDMAN Guest Columnist I wish the Barack Obama Jeffrey Goldberg interviewed for the Atlantic’s April cover story had been in charge of U.S. foreign policy for the last seven years. Obama’s arguments in the article are similar to those Cato’s foreign policy department are always employing in criticizing…

OUR VIEW —Toll contract will be toxic in November

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No matter the result of Tuesday’s primary elections, one issue will continue to dominate the discussion of state politics, at least locally — the Interstate 77 toll contract. Any sitting politician that makes it out of the primary would do well to push for a cancellation of that contract if…

Errors should not be crimes

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has a serious problem. Adopting a default mens rea provision would go a long way to solving it. Don’t recognize the phrase mens rea? Hey, you’re hardly alone. I studied neither Latin nor law in my school days, so someone had to tell me…

Seeking “safe spaces” on campus

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ED FEULLNER Guest Columnist Once upon a time, a conservative speaker was invited to a university to speak. Although many liberals on campus disagreed with him, they listened to his speech and then asked questions, leading to a discussion that left everyone better informed about current issues. At least that’s…

Has lottery advertising gone too far or not far enough?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist N.C. Education Lottery officials last week showed legislators a video of school kids in New York surprising convenience store customers by singing a song of thanks in the store. “Every time you play a New York Lottery game, a portion of your sale goes to eight…

Legislature is harming schools

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Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they’re doing the will of the people, but when it comes to public schools they clearly are not. A High Point University poll released last week found that two-thirds of state residents think public education in North Carolina is heading in the wrong…

Primaries expose prediction limits

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The topsy-turvy campaign of 2016 is going to do wonders for many journalists, political practitioners, and scholars. They will produce a steady stream of essays, studies, books, and business plans designed to explain what happened, why others failed to predict it ahead of time, and how…

Time to budge on the budget

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist This year may well go down in history as the Year of the Fed-Up Voter. On issue after issue, too many of our elected officials refuse to make hard choices. They govern on auto-pilot, apparently hoping that some rousing speeches at election time will distract us.…