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Some folks are wondering if North Korea’s ship sinking and cannon firing (into South Korea) is their idea of extortion – that this is the latest episode of North Korea growling and snapping like a pit bull, which will be

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Last week in Washington Republicans voted to ban ‘earmarks.’ Then a few days later the press asked Minnesota Congressman Michelle Bachman (a heroine of the Tea party) about the new transportation bill – a traditional source of earmarks for Congressmen

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Want to know what North Carolina’s electorate will look like in another, say, 10 years?   Look at what the public-school population looks like.   The N&O reported recently that, for the first time, minorities make up a majority of

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Ten years ago this month, Mike Easley was elected Governor of North Carolina. Today … well, you know.   I’ve been reminding people this week that I was a Dennis Wicker man in the 2000 Democratic primary.   Despite that,

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A reader passed along my post on taxes – “A Whiff of a Waffle” (see below) – to Senator Phil Berger.   The reader received this response from the incoming Senate leader: “No waffle.  No extension of temporary taxes. Phil.”

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The Mike Easley affair had so much foreplay and so little climax that everybody was left frustrated.   His enemies gripe that he got a slap on the wrist. His lawyer says he was “trashed” by The News & Observer.

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Back in 2009 a newly elected, bristling Michael Steele told CNN he (as Republican Party Chairman) and not Rush Limbaugh was the leader of the GOP and added, ‘Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh’s whole thing is entertainment. Yes,

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Bob Etheridge hurt his reelection campaign by losing his temper on a Washington, D.C. street when accosted by Republican dirty-tricksters.   He hurt his lasting reputation by showing a singular gracelessness when he conceded to Renee Ellmers:   “The combination

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I’ve been doing a series of book-signings across the state to promote my Jim Hunt biography.  My publisher, John F. Blair Publisher in Winston-Salem, asked me to write something about the tour for their blog.  It follows   Halfway through my tour, I’ve

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The institution of marriage is clearly in trouble. A new poll says nearly four in 10 Americans believe marriage is obsolete.   It seems like the only people who want to get married are gays. And the Republican Party is

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