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When the Democrats sued the Republicans over redistricting I thought we might be treated to see a bit of grand political theatre with Republicans arguing for the Voting Rights Act (which they hate) and Democrats arguing against it (even though

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After Senator Richard Burr and former Senator Elizabeth Dole endorsed Mitt Romney, a reporter asked: Do endorsements matter? Answer: Not to voters, but definitely to politicians and reporters.   No voter who is torn between, say, Romney and Newt Gingrich

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This headline should strike fear in us: “State government reorganizes, seeking more efficiency.”   Pardon my cynicism, but I’ve seen this movie before. Every administration in Washington and every state capital promises to reinvent, reorganize and rethink government.   Now,

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Just as the N.C. Department of Agriculture gets new responsibilities, we find out it bungled its current duties.   Lynn Bonner reports in the N&O:   “The state Agriculture Department failed to fine propane plants, dispensing sites and other facilities

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A week ago, I thought, It’s too farfetched – Rick Santorum rising in the polls in Iowa would be like blind dumb luck or lightning striking.   All year with pure steadfastness a quarter of the Republican voters have stuck

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Once upon a time, owning a newspaper was literally a license to print money. Then came Craigslist and EBay, there went profitable classified ads and then came the waves of layoffs and furloughs.  How far a newspaper’s value has fallen

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Lisa Piercy was right when she tweeted: “There are too many bowl games.”   I figured that out as I sat freezing in temperatures in the 40s and winds in the 30s at the Belk Bowl. (When I tweeted about

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The other day in the newspaper, below an article about unemployment, there was another article headlined “NCSU chancellor gets ‘a great venue.’”   Now, someone thought very carefully about the choice of that word ‘venue.’   North Carolina State University

Posted in: Raleigh
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Governor Perdue has been taking heat from Republicans for allegedly breaking the law by releasing federal job numbers.   Which raises two questions:   Since when did Republicans get so concerned about protecting federal-government information?   Was it since the

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The President of Afghanistan’s in a fix: The U.S. Army, he says, hasn’t won the war so there’s no peace to give his people the “individual personal security” they need.   Half a century ago, in four years, we crushed

Posted in: General, Issues
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