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I spoke to the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual Sanford-Hunt-Frye Dinner Saturday night.   I talked about the “Go Forward” tradition in North Carolina politics, starting with Kerr Scott and running through Sanford and Hunt.   We sat at Governor

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  The commentariet says Ted Kennedy’s tactical skills will be missed in the health-care reform debate.   What’s more likely to be missed is his roar.   Democrats– including President Obama – lack a loud, clear voice to frame the

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Ted Kennedy was both an inspiration and political poison to North Carolina Democrats.   We loved him because he was the last link to the glory days of John and Bobby Kennedy, the New Frontier, the Mercury 7 astronauts, the

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Give Governor Perdue credit: She’s not a quitter.   She has been a blur of activity since the legislature left. Launching a government-efficiency study. Riding a bus the first day of school. Asking for money-saving ideas. Sending out YouTube videos.

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Bill Friday surprised me in our UNC-TV interview when he asked me about the most remarkable characters I’ve met in politics.   So I’ve given it more thought. I’ve come down to two people I met during Governor Hunt’s 1984

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Back in January when Governor Perdue made a healthcare lobbyist head of the Department of Health and Human Services it looked like she’d slipped and put the fox in charge of the henhouse. But the Governor shrugged it off, saying

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  A strange tale is unfolding over in a courtroom in Hillsborough about madness, an Evil Twin and Alvaro Castillo hearing the Voice of God.   When Alvaro Castillo was a teenage boy – he’s now twenty-two – he saw

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I never liked the crabby grouch Bob Novak played on television. But I did like Bob Novak the reporter.   I got to know him when he covered the Hunt-Helms race in 1984.   Novak obviously was a conservative, but

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On Friday night at 9 o’clock turn off MSNBC and Fox and CNN and click over to Channel 4 and you’ll have a once in a lifetime experience: Gary’s being interviewed on Bill Friday’s program.   This could turn out

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First President Obama retreated under Sarah Palin’s “death panel” attack.   The Great Communicator couldn’t communicate how ludicrous the attack was. The provision actually was proposed by a Republican. It would have reimbursed doctors who advised patients about leaving instructions

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