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Thirty-four years ago, in 1979, I tagged along on Governor Jim Hunt’s trade mission to China – the first for a North Carolina governor. The goal: get the Chinese to buy more North Carolina products, like pork.   Now, we’re

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In today’s superheated politics, a bit of understatement can be a powerful thing. Exaggeration and overstatement get you headlines, but they don’t necessarily win the hearts and minds of swing voters.   Democrats might remember that as they rail at the

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Lust has undone more men than most any other sin and, about a year ago, over in Chapel Hill, it turned an aging professor into a drug runner.   Professor Paul Frampton was born in a working class family in

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The same day the Democrats tore into Crime Control Secretary Kieran Shanahan they also let fly at Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldana Wos.   Now doctors are a complex group of highly intelligent people who labor under

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Someone asked the obvious question: “Why do Democrats elect fools like David Parker and Randy Voller chairman?”   It’s a “governance crisis,” said one thoughtful Democrat and former statewide candidate. “The chairman is selected by 600 people on the executive

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In the world of Raleigh politics being appointed a Cabinet Secretary is somewhat akin to being a Grand Duke or a Marquis – you get power and respectability and folks you never heard of start singing your praises.   But

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Attention must be paid when the Republican legislator who wants to roll back ethics laws questions Speaker Tillis’ ethics.   It could just be sour grapes. But someone needs to pursue Rep. Robert Brawley’s written statement about Tillis “slamming my

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Republican legislators, for years, have stood up and spoken up for free markets. It’s part of their creed. They don’t like government picking ‘winners and losers.’ But when a group of Republican legislators in Raleigh decided to sponsor a bill

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A good Democratic Party chairman would be blasting the McCrory administration’s budding ethics scandals. But that’s hard to do when you’re in Vegas putting $3,327 on the party’s American Express Business Gold Card.   Michael Biesecker with AP reported that

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There’re a lot of clever politicians and smart politicians but there’re not many politicians with the courage to take a stand they know is unpopular.   The other day, baffled by the raft of tax reform plans floating around the

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