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A reader writes: “Were you as astonished as me at the reaction to Bev’s consolidation plan?”   State Controller David McCoy told WRAL he is opposed to Governor Perdue’s Cabinet-consolidation plan.  Linda Hayes, Perdue’s Secretary of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

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Over the last month I’ve watched stories converge for three politicians I’ve known: Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and John Edwards.   First I published my biography of Hunt, and we made a 10-stop book tour. Then Mike Easley was convicted

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Governor Perdue’s Cabinet reorganization demonstrates the advantage a governor always has over a legislature.   While Republican legislators organize themselves and talk about what they plan to do, she can act.   In the context of a near-$4 billion hole,

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The Southern Pines Pilot opined optimistically:   “During the years in which they were out of power, GOP legislators long argued in vain for taking redistricting out of the hands of the General Assembly and turning it over to an

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A wise Raleigh hand told me about a capital-city event this week that was unique in all his years: a show of real bipartisanship.   Two veteran House members – Republican Danny McComas and Democrat Pryor Gibson – cohosted a

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A friend wondered why Elizabeth Edwards’ life and death transfixed so many people. Maybe it’s the American fascination with the lives of the rich and famous – especially when they are marked by so many triumphs and tragedies.   For

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Twenty-seven year old Jeremiah Love – who’s schizophrenic – was murdered in a Rest Home by another schizophrenic who attacked him swinging a metal cane at his head like a baseball bat.  In another Rest Home across the state a

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President Obama sent two signals about 2012 on today’s front page.   First, he’s going to contest North Carolina.   Second, he’s going to run the same way he ran the first time, even if it drives die-hard Democrats crazy:

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By not indicting Governor Easley, Joe Cheshire says, District Attorney William Kenerly proved Easley’s innocent and not just innocent but a victim too.  The Governor, Cheshire says, has been ‘trashed’ by the villains in the press.   And he has

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Erskine Bowles said his deficit-commission’s recommendations would help start an adult conversation in Washington.   So the first thing the Senate does is extend tax cuts, which we can’t afford, and unemployment benefits, which we also can’t afford.   Both

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