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The Democrats in Congress have gotten themselves into a bit of a tangle over gay rights. The House passed a bill to make discrimination against gays in the workplace illegal – but there’s a twist that left some of their

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There’s an unusual thing happening on the City Council: Two of Mayor Meeker’s cronies, Councilmen Thomas Crowder and Russell Stephenson, are up in arms about people tearing down old houses to build new ones. Now, you wouldn’t think that would

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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Here’s a heck of a thing: The Community Colleges are overcrowded, there’s a shortage of funds and classrooms, and the head of the Community College system has just ordered all fifty-eight campuses to admit illegal immigrants. Why? Well, the Community

Posted in: General, Issues
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After one recent Democratic presidential debate, a couple of people told me they were impressed by Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd. One even liked Dennis Kucinich. (Clearly, some counseling is in order there.) Too bad you can’t vote for any

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I’m going to start a “heated up” watch. “Heated up” is the most overused lead in political news coverage. It’s a cliché reporters resort to all too often when candidates attack. So I’m going to call out any uses of

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Mark Binker, the Raleigh correspondent for The News & Record of Greensboro, has a good blog. He recently engaged in an exchange with GOP Governor-wanna-be Bob Orr over who should be responsible for education. Binker wrote: “Orr had said that

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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The pre-Thanksgiving flap over a Republican judge’s comments about redistricting is a classic case of a politician committing a sin by speaking the truth. The truth is that the 2008 and 2010 elections are critical to the long-term political future

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Up in Washington, back when Judge Mukasey stuck his head in the sand ostrich-like and declared he didn’t know anything about water-boarding, you can bet every Senator in the hearing room knew (translated from political-speak into English) what he meant

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Election victories always carry the seeds of defeat. Because winners too often can’t help but overreach. Look at George Bush after 2004, Newt Gingrich after 1994, Bill Clinton after 1992. Go all the way back to FDR trying to pack

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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When campaigns prep for debates, they have to decide which audience is most important: the inside media/politico audience or the voters. Hillary Clinton faced that choice this week. Thursday’s debate was crucial for her. She was bleeding, and the sharks

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