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The State Democratic Party convention is in Fayetteville this weekend. If you go, you can see how much politics has changed in a lifetime.   State party conventions used to be a big deal. Huge crowds, lots of enthusiasm and

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So let’s talk about what Raleigh’s buzzing about this week:   Is there some kind of statutory deadline in the Mike Easley case this month – that is, tomorrow?   Is something coming from the U.S. Attorney?   Is this

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“Controlled choice” is all the buzz now in the Wake schools debate.   This has the whiff of one of those oxymoronic (with the emphasis on “moron”) political/policy phrases that sounds great but never quite works out in practice.  

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My blog about the capital press corps – and how its coverage of the Alcoa story might have been influenced by UNC-TV’s Eszter Vajda – brought this response from Scott Mooneyham of The Insider/Capitol Press Association. I think it’s worth

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A Republican lobbyist friend has some advice for GOP legislators if they win the House and Senate this year: demand a recount.   “They’ll inherit the worst budget mess in history,” she says.   Two years spent wrestling with that

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Let’s pass on talking about politics today and talk about something I know nothing about:  Economics.   My friend Richard, who’s a banker, just sent me a book called The Forgotten Man about the Depression.  Now, normally, I’d run from

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Have I missed it? Or has somebody done – and released – a poll of Wake County voters on the school debate?   Most people I run into take it as a matter of faith that the board’s new direction

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There are two kinds of political leaders: uniters and dividers.   Barack Obama is a uniter; Sarah Palin, a divider. Jim Hunt was a uniter; Jesse Helms, a divider. Ronald Reagan was a uniter; George W. Bush, a divider.  

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There’s an old joke that the most dangerous place to be in an election year is between a politician and a TV camera.   This year, the most dangerous place may be in any group regulated by Secretary of State

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Laura Leslie of North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC is a great reporter and one of my favorite bloggers. She recently had a post about the capital media that is worth attention.   Since 2004, she wrote, the legislative press corps’ ranks

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