Opinion (322)

Monday, 08 July 2019 12:35

COLUMN: Redistricting should favor voters

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North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, Democratic consultants, and progressive activists devised a set of gerrymanders that would have guaranteed Democratic control of both legislative chambers for years to come, even if most North Carolinians voted for GOP candidates.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 14:43

COLUMN: Our legacy of liberty

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We charge you, King George, with “a long train of abuses” designed to “establish an absolute tyranny over these states.” Our 1776 Declaration of Independence was also a Declaration of Defiance, detailing the high crimes and misdemeanors of a tyrannical despot. The king was accused of “obstructing justice, imposing taxes, and cutting off our trade.”

Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast?

Thursday, you’re fine. On Friday, you might have to pay a fine.

Monday, 01 July 2019 13:58

COLUMN: Community colleges deliver great value

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Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re probably right about that, as long as their definition of “educational attainment” is sufficiently broad.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:02

COLUMN: Yes, they're concentration camps

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"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border," U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pointed out in an Instagram video on June 18.

Monday, 24 June 2019 13:29

COLUMN: Medicaid gambit won't boost Cooper

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What do North Carolina voters think of the job Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has done over his first two and a half years in the office? The signals are mixed at the moment.

Friday, 21 June 2019 18:54

COLUMN: First impressions aren't always right

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The old wisdom says that first impressions are the ones people remember. It has been said that the first impression is always right and it is always stored in the back of the mind for future reference. I guess this occasionally true, as some people and things never transcend that initial impression. 

The presumption of innocence.

It’s a hallowed maxim of American jurisprudence.

Monday, 17 June 2019 17:24

COLUMN: Partisan control shapes state policies

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RALEIGH — To the ears of politically engaged North Carolinians, it may sound strange to hear claims that changes in partisan control don’t yield significant changes in state policy. But among scholars, this has been a widespread view for many decades.

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