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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 17:36

COLUMN: New faces, new expectations

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Democrats start the first full week of 2019 in a better position than they’ve had in years. The new Congress was sworn in last week and Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel again. My #NCPOL twitter feed was full of new legislators taking the oath of office this weekend and now neither chamber of the legislature holds veto proof majorities. 

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 15:17

COLUMN: Trump is winning shutdown theater

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As I write this, the US government is in its 18th day of a putative "shutdown." Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but also warned to expect an empty pay envelope come Friday. As of tomorrow, the shutdown will become the second longest in history, surpassed only by a 32-day funding fight in December of 1995 and January of 1996.

Monday, 07 January 2019 11:38

COLUMN: Get ready for smaller school districts

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 The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In North Carolina, the average school district enrolls more than 12,500 students. Only six other states in the nation exceed North Carolina in this regard (including Hawaii, where all 187,000 students are in a single district).

Friday, 04 January 2019 14:04

COLUMN: Frowning upon Facebook forwards

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It's no great secret that I have a social media presence. A lot of you have seen the “Joe Weaver, Columnist” Facebook page. I also have a personal Facebook page for my friends and family. 

Cryptocurrencies had a rough ride in 2018. As of Jan. 7, 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com came to more than $800 billion, its highest point ever. As I write this on Jan. 3, 2019, that total market capitalization is down to about $130 billion — about one-sixth of the market's high point.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:52

COLUMN: Let those who want things foot the bill

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There’s an important lesson that can be learned from one of the hottest news topics in recent weeks: voluntary action.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 23:47

COLUMN: Reflections and predictions

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It’s that time of year for reflections and predictions. In 2018, I didn’t make too many predictions. The ones I made were relatively vague and I was generally right. I said that Trump would not get impeached or be removed by the 25th Amendment. I was right, but at the beginning of the year, a lot of people believed he would be gone before the end of the year.

Monday, 31 December 2018 13:51

COLUMN: Evidence ought to shape policy

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As dysfunctional as Congress has become, it does manage to enact some useful bills. One of them, the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, was championed by outgoing Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington). It promotes data-sharing and policy evaluation throughout the federal government.

Past and prospective hospital patients will have an extra reason to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight and the date changes from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

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