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ROCKINGHAM — City employees have three options: get the COVID vaccine; get tested weekly; or face the consequences.

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RALEIGH — It’s now a time in North Carolina to dismiss policy based on politics and embrace a move toward legislation focusing on common sense, John Locke Foundation legislative experts said in a policy debate forum on Monday.

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The state senate’s budget is chock full of tax cuts while continuing to underfund our schools and universities. But tax cuts are what really matter to the GOP. Activists and legislators perpetually tout the Tax Foundation’s business climate ranking as evidence that their tax policy is making North Carolina more competitive. Since Republicans took control of the legislature, we’ve steady moved up in the rankings and now are 10th in the nation. 

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Thursday, 20 May 2021 14:20

OPINION: To protect and serve ... and elect

For years, but especially since the George Floyd protests, Republicans have claimed to be the law-and-order party, while painting Democrats as soft on crime. They’ve tried to wrap Democrats around the Defund the Police crowd, despite Democrats’ long commitment to the public servants who make up our justice system. A new group called Democrats Serve is pushing back, recruiting and supporting candidates who have served on the front lines of our efforts to ensure public safety and provide human services that make a difference in day-to-day lives. They want to put more police officers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, social workers and other public servants into policy making positions. 

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RALEIGH — Five years after House Bill 2 put North Carolina at the center of national controversy, cities in the state’s liberal enclaves are once again discussing discrimination and the LGBT community.

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ROCKINGHAM — A provision in the Richmond County Board of Commissioners’ public appearance policy appears problematic, according to open government and free speech experts.

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HAMLET — Richmond Community College’s Board of Trustees approved several one-time measures to its grading policies designed to help students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The board met via virtual conference on Tuesday to approve these emergency changes, plus four new teacher career pathways for high school students in the Career & College Promise program.

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Monday, 23 September 2019 14:21

COLUMN: Uncertain policy has economic cost

Progressives and conservatives argue about economic policy all the time. At government’s current size and scope, would it better promote long-term growth to raise taxes and spend more or to lower taxes and spend less? During a recession, should government try to bolster demand by running large budget deficits or should it economize to keep debt from exploding?

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s second State of the State address included plenty of proposals liberals and Democrats cheered. But Republicans and conservatives, who dominate the General Assembly that would put these policies into effect, aren’t likely to embrace many of them.

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