Here was Colin Kaepernick's political statement in the National Football League, at least when he was still in the National Football League: He began to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. He did that and other players did that along with him in solidarity, and eventually the President of the United States called them SOBs because of it. The others didn't lose their jobs, at least not permanently. Kaepernick, who once had a pass in the air to win a Super Bowl for the 49ers, sure did.

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GREENVILLE — President Donald Trump continued his feud with four progressive congresswomen while drawing a stark contrast between himself and his Democratic detractors Wednesday evening.

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In a landmark victory for N.C. Republican lawmakers, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gerrymandered congressional districts are a political issue, which federal courts should not decide as a matter of law.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:35

COLUMN: The most controversial belief

Because I'm both a Libertarian and a loudmouth, I'm frequently hit with questions about libertarianism (and the Libertarian Party). Recently this one came up:

"What is the most controversial belief of Libertarians?"

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Last week, Sen. Thom Tillis announced that he would vote for the resolution rejecting Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. Tillis said in an op-ed in the Washington Post that he supports Trump’s “vision of 21st century border security,” but that the emergency declaration overstepped the executive branch’s power. He believes it violates the separation of powers and continues giving too much influence to the presidency. 

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Board of Elections will soon have another member following a meeting Thursday by the newly appointed state board.

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Monday, 04 February 2019 14:37

COLUMN: Columns can change political views

 I have written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers since 1986. Have I influenced how readers think about the issues I discuss? I certainly hope so, at least to some extent.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:57

COLUMN: Partisan politics is toxic

Partisanship is one of the illnesses plaguing the U.S. body politic.

We see this every election cycle as millions of voters cast straight-ticket ballots for candidates just because of the capital letter before their name.

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“Friendship,” wrote C. S. Lewis in a December 1935 letter, “is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, ‘sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.’”

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Every time an election rolls around, we’re encouraged to get out and vote.

This year, as just about every election year in the past 20 years, we were told this was “the most important election” of our time.

Let’s take a look at some of the candidates who won this all-important election.

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