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Giving tax cuts a fighting chance

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Will a returning Congress be able to deliver some much-needed tax relief to the American people? Seems simple enough, but so is Obamacare repeal, and lawmakers have (so far) managed to bungle that. One way to avoid doing the same thing when it comes to taxes…

A spellings speech raises an array of key issues

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist UNC System President Margaret Spellings delivered an important speech a few days ago — important for what she had to say about unsettling discontent in this contentious political era and for what she signaled about strengthening the university’s engagement with elementary and secondary schools in North…

Stand by your man

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“He’s really not that bad once you get to know him.” That was essentially the argument Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Denver Republican, made in a recent interview with McClatchy DC about the persona President Donald Trump projects to the public as opposed to how he is in his interactions with…

Carolina traditions still have value

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — How should North Carolina be governed? The same question can be asked about any other state in America, or any other country in the world. It’s a critical question. It lies at the heart of nearly every specific political dispute you can think of,…

Lawmakers reject chance to create fair maps

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BOB PHILLIPS Guest Columnist This month, North Carolina lawmakers had a golden opportunity to adopt fair, nonpartisan standards for drawing new legislative voting districts. Instead, they opted for politics as usual, keeping partisanship at the core of a deeply flawed redistricting process. The General Assembly has been ordered by a…

Guest View— Questions arising about Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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As we draw close to the final approvals for the $5 billion, 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, there’s a growing chorus of voices saying, “Hey, wait a minute — what about this?” We’re pleased that someone with some clout — someone who can issue necessary permits for the natural-gas pipeline —…

Focus on long-term growth

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — So far in 2017, North Carolina is adding jobs at a slower pace than the national and regional averages. That’s a noticeable change from recent trends — but it’s a reason only for concern, not for panic or pontification. Through July, the state’s economy…

Persistence in gerrymandering

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – If there is one indisputable observation to make about the state’s Republican legislative majority it is this: They are relentless in their efforts to protect their disproportional power. After winning control in the outlier 2010 elections, they have spun this purple state into…

Confederate Monuments and a Whiskey Speech

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Is there some way to help President Trump recover from the damage caused by his comments relating to events in Charlottesville and the future of Confederate monuments? Perhaps he could issue a statement of his position following the model of the classic “If-by-Whiskey” speech given by…

Guest View— Celebratory monuments versus historic artifacts

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With a movement afoot to remove Confederate statues from public spaces, it’s important to distinguish between monuments and places that are markers of history, and monuments and places that are objects of praise for a person or cause. We preface this by condemning the vandalism of Confederate monuments in Wilmington,…