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Up in Brasstown deep in the Smoky Mountains, on every New Years Eve a local merchant holds a ‘Possum Drop’ – a western North Carolina version of the Yankees’ ball drop in Times Square.   What the mountain folks hadn’t

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Years behind schedule, millions of dollars over budget, and riddled with 3,200  computer programming errors NC Tracks – the state’s new $486 million computer system for processing Medicaid checks – landed in the newspaper again. The News & Observer reported

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Maybe I should apologize. But would Bob Rucho apologize? No sir! So I’ll double down, as they say.   My blog yesterday – warning that the next Congress might be run by people who think like Rucho – apparently ruined

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Americans are so polarized politically, we argue about Christmas and Santa Clause’s race. I propose a truce. And I’m going first.   Through a blessed accident of calendar, Christmas and New Year’s Day are on Wednesdays this year. That effectively

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Governor McCrory and Republican legislators said they would do away with “pay-to-play” and “corruption” in Raleigh.   Then a group of lobbyists held a fundraiser in Raleigh. It’s illegal, of course, for lobbyists to contribute to legislators.   But the fundraiser was

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Don’t underestimate the chances that people who think like Bob Rucho might control Congress a year from now.   Behind Rucho’s tweet and the budget battle in Washington is a death match between the Tea Party and the GOP Establishment.

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Sometimes all you have to do is repeat a politician’s own words. Like Senator Bob Rucho’s tweet: “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.”   (Note

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Every child knows just before Christmas is the time to be ‘as good as you can be’ – so you might think after the mischief it’s been up to this year Congress would be rolling up its sleeves and planning

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Both President Obama and Governor McCrory are learning that reforming health care can be harmful to your political health. Their politics are different, but their experiences are strikingly similar.   Both are trying to make big changes in the health

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December brings “Best of 2013” Lists, and here’s one about Governor McCrory, courtesy of the website Buzzfeed.   (Like President Obama. I thought buzz feed was something you did in college at 2 a.m.)   The Governor has acquired a reputation

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