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While Republicans in Washington take their party and the country over the fiscal cliff, North Carolina waits to see if Republicans can govern.   We’ve heard the cut-taxes/cut-spending mantra before. First from Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes, but never cut

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A brawl followed by an outbreak of brawls erupted Sunday morning in the small insular world of politics;–it started on Meet the Press when Wayne LaPierre of the NRA said, ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a

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Carter wrote (“The Real Reason”) that “Democrats are having apoplexy” over Art Pope as Budget Czar because “Pope is dead serious about cutting government spending.”   Well, that’s part of the story. The rest is that Democrats wonder whether he

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This Christmas, we have much to celebrate. To start with, the world didn’t end.   Except for Washington, where the fiscal cliff and a bruising battle over guns loom.   And in Raleigh, where it has ended for Democrats.  

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Pat McCrory called reporters down to the Albemarle building for a press conference and said two words and near about gave liberals from Murphy to Manteo apoplexy.   He said, Art Pope.    And five minutes later ole Chris Fitzsimmons

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Art Pope is both a good target for Democrats and a good choice for Governor-elect McCrory.   Democrats get to skewer him as a rich, right-wing puppet master who will pull McCrory’s strings while running and ruining North Carolina.  

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Two years ago as businesses were struggling through the recession, a family business in eastern North Carolina that cares for shut-ins and older people in their homes received a letter from PCG Corporation of Boston saying, We’re coming to audit

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A TAPster offers a creative solution to gun violence:   “The eventual outcome of the approaching debate about gun control – regardless of that outcome – is unlikely to satisfy anybody. Gun owners will chafe at new restrictions, control advocates

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Even if he doesn’t (as is rumored) become Governor-elect McCrory’s budget director, Art Pope will be a power.   So – despite its disclaimers – let’s assume the Civitas Institute channels Pope’s thinking when it proposes doing away with the

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Back in the old days there was a breed of Congressman, rugged individualists, who, whenever he (or she) had to cast an unpopular vote, would shrug and say, Let the chips fall where they may.   That political animal is

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