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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…

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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…

Clinton has bigger ground game than Trump

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist The debates are over. Tens of millions of TV ads have been aired. Arenas have hosted large political rallies. Now the ground game — the shoe leather part of of the campaign — takes on added importance, with the early voting period having begun last week.…

Recovering after Hurricane Matthew

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Recovery efforts in much of this region are moving ahead. And the process has been remarkably smooth, for the most part. FEMA officials are here, assessing damage from Hurricane Matthew and helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible. They have already approved $2.5 million in aid.…

Obamacare must be fixed

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It was, at least, no surprise. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the only company that offers health care policies in all 100 counties in the state, has announced an average 24.3 percent cost increase for premiums on policies under the individual plans through the Affordable Care Act.…

A political tactic that’s losing steam

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Whether as Democrats while this was a one-party state or Republicans since the GOP’s 1972 resurgence, North Carolina conservatives have repeatedly used a reliable political tactic: Point at their opponents and holler, “Liberal! Liberal! Liberal!” Or, for emphasis, “Ultra liberal!” And, in a really tight…

On the poverty of constitutional debate

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ROGER PILON Guest Columnist In the third and final presidential debate, we were treated, finally, to a brief discussion of what should have been a central issue in these debates — the meaning of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court under it. Unfortunately, the discussion got off…

An overblown link between hurricanes and global warming

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Hurricane Matthew proved to be a dangerous storm that killed hundreds, and caused floods and property damage from Haiti to the Carolinas. Thanks a lot, global warming. That, at least, is what some alarmists would have us believe. “Hurricane Matthew, a record-shattering storm that is unusual…