Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December,...

January 19th, 2017 |  


Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

RALEIGH — Thomas Jefferson had lots to say about lots of things. As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2017 session and new Gov. Roy...

January 18th, 2017 updated: January 18th, 2017. |  


Obamacare repeal is about ideology, not heath care

Obamacare repeal is about ideology, not heath care

Soon, it looks like we’ll be saying good-bye to Obamacare. Republicans are rejoicing. Democrats are despairing. The 20 million or so people who ...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Our view: There’s no ‘R’ in public safety

Many dictionaries define egregious as “outstandingly bad or shocking.”On Tuesday, county commissioners lived up to that moniker, as a boar...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Two different narratives of the same events

Two different narratives of the same events

We have just witnessed one of the most divisive election campaigns in history, one that saw partisans on all sides spinning narratives to best benefit...

January 17th, 2017 |  


Sen. Sessions is the wrong choice for U.S. attorney general

Sen. Sessions is the wrong choice for U.S. attorney general

President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees will be going through the U.S. Senate confirmation process this month — an opportunity for...

January 16th, 2017 |  


North Carolina Is No Cuba

North Carolina Is No Cuba

RALEIGH — Let me say this with as much tact and respect as I can muster: If you truly believe that the level of democracy in North Carolina is i...

January 16th, 2017 |  


Cooper’s correcting a colossal blunder on Medicaid, not making one

Cooper’s correcting a colossal blunder on Medicaid, not making one

The folks on the Right are apoplectic these days that Governor Roy Cooper thinks it’s a good idea to follow the lead of Vice-President-elect Mik...

January 15th, 2017 |  


Make North Carolina great again

Make North Carolina great again

For most of the latter half of the 20th century, at least from 1960 on, North Carolina was a state on the move. In contrast to its southern neighbors,...

January 14th, 2017 |  


Accountability and transparency with NC’s school voucher program

Accountability and transparency with NC’s school voucher program

A common refrain I hear in the course of my reporting and writing about school vouchers — a program that is set to take a large bite out of our ...

January 13th, 2017 |