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I wish the N&O had endorsed Randy Stagner for City Council. It would be bad to lose a good council member because of what looks like a failure to communicate.   Like the N&O, I was bothered at first by

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A few days ago I wrote how Secretary Aldona Wos, who’d landed in the briar patch, would be wise to step up and start telling her side of the story.   Last Friday she did.   Now, listening to Dr.

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Governor McCrory has learned one thing about his new job: He’s not in Charlotte anymore, Toto. And he doesn’t like it.   At a news conference, the Governor vented thinly veiled frustration at how politics is played in Raleigh. WRAL

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A veteran political hand once gave me this insight into how political people overestimate how much attention voters are paying: “The voters listen a lot slower than we talk.”   Two pieces of recent evidence: John Frank’s fascinating set of

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Taxpayers are paying for big salaries and big consulting contracts at DHHS. Are they also paying for “security” so the Secretary won’t have to answer questions about what the taxpayers are paying?   An indignant TAPster emailed on Sunday: “Ned

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When Charles Meeker let fly his Governor-in-2016 trial balloon, you saw two things about where the political winds are blowing today.   First, Democrats sense Governor McCrory is vulnerable. That’s no news flash. Everybody has concluded that over the last

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Do Republicans want America – and North Carolina – to fail? That’s the only explanation that makes sense.   If they starve public schools, they can say public schools don’t work – and abandon them. If they derail Obamacare, they

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The News & Observed marked its 119th birthday this week. But will it see 125 – or 130?   It’s part of a century-old industry that last week was invaded – to be saved or razed? – by the billionaire

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Some fellow up in the mountains decided it would be a cute idea to drop a possum in a tinsel draped cage twenty feet onto a stage on New Year’s Eve at a party.   To the possum’s chagrin, the

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No sooner did the state legislators vamoose out of town than the pundits begin publishing post-mortems and obituaries.   Republicans, they opined, had a ‘breathtaking session,’ marched right off the right end of the earth, passed bills that hurt everyone

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