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To my chagrin I haven’t written a syllable in weeks but at least the reason makes a curious story; – for a month I’ve been camped out with a tribe of trial lawyers, trying to explain the foibles of politicians

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You can see this ad coming:   “Unemployment is at double-digits. The state has a $3 billion budget deficit. North Carolinians have a hard time making ends meet. What did Governor Perdue do? She hired a new chef for the

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The most recent Elon Poll showed why politics is hard. Asked whether they support higher taxes or job cuts to balance the state budget, a majority of North Carolinians just said no.   They don’t want either.   No, that’s

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Overheated and over-caffeinated cable blowhards have been blowing hard about the amazing parallels they see between protests in Madison, Wisconsin and protests in the Middle East.   From the right: dangerous anarchists on both continents are threatening the very foundations

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Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the UNC J-School, gave me a stunning statistic from a report he worked on. It sums up how suddenly and dramatically the 2008 economic crisis hit North Carolina:   “From

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Last week, a reader – clearly crazed by alcohol or the legislature, or both – suggested a new cocktail named for the Governor: the “Bevtini.” (See Gov on Ice, below.)   Now he submits a libation in honor of intense,

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A focus group this week brought into clear focus the opportunities and challenges facing North Carolina Democrats and Republicans.   A couple of participants said they’re feeling more optimistic about the direction of the state. Why?   “For the first

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These aren’t lofty matters of principle. They’re raw, partisan power politics.   In Wisconsin and New Jersey, the battles are between Republican governors and public employee unions.   In North Carolina, the battles are over voter IDs and – soon

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The seeds for the 2010 election were sown in August 2009 by the raucous public protests that morphed into the Tea Party movement.   Will the public employee protests in Wisconsin sow the seeds for the 2012 election?   Democrats

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Set aside the predictable posturing and apocalyptic doom-saying from both sides. North Carolina’s budget debate is a debate we need.   Governor Perdue’s proposed budget is a classic North Carolina Democratic progressive budget. It’s a balance of program cuts, higher

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