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A friend who is knowledgeable about the state budget gave me this factoid:   Extending the “temporary” one-cent sales-tax increase would get North Carolina through the budget crisis without laying off one teacher or teacher assistant.   No cuts in

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President Obama’s speech and Speaker Thom Tillis’s remark define the chasm between Democrats and Republicans – and the opening for Governor Perdue in 2012.   Obama talked Tuesday about “investments” that will “win the future.”   Tillis said Wednesday: “I

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After I posted the blog below on the N&O’s legislative-leaders gallery, I received the following from Dan Kane:   “I’d like to clarify what Mary said about Rep. Julia Howard. As a finance chairman, she definitely has clout in the

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Were you struck, like I was, by the big, close-up photos of Republican legislative leaders in the N&O last Sunday? Here’s the take of one longtime legislative observer (who’s not aligned with either party):   “It occurred to me that

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Because I’ve written so many speeches, I can’t help being a speech critic. And I think President Obama missed the mark last night.   Normally, Obama is a powerful speaker – and a great writer. And his State of the

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I’m frequently asked what Governor Hunt would do in Governor Perdue’s situation – since he faced the first Republican House majority 16 years ago.   Here’s what he did: Got what he could. Then picked a fight.   Of course,

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For Republican legislators, these are the best of times.   Thoughtful-looking, chin-in-hand, close-up photos on the front page. Admiring newspaper profiles. Crowded news conferences. Lobbyists lined up to see you. Donors lined up to give to you. Big offices to

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Looking back, President Obama made a huge strategic error in 2010: He let voters think he was spending too much time reforming health-care and not enough time creating jobs.   He learned a lesson. He now promises to focus on

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Call it Colbert World versus Fox World.   That’s where the WakeCounty schools debate is happening today.   This kind of division is nothing new in North Carolina politics. Go back to 1950: It’s been a 60-year war between conservatives

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Republicans who denounced corruption and pay-for-play in Raleigh are now racing to the trough.   Like locusts, newly minted lobbyists and would-be influence-peddlers are descending on Raleigh. They brag of their access to the new legislative leaders, and they promise

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