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Politics getting personal

Politics getting personal

When Republicans took control of the House, Senate and governor’s office at the start of 2013, observers speculated about how …

August 4th, 2015 |  

Lawmakers weigh options to reduce state commitment to retiree health benefits

Lawmakers weigh options to reduce state commitment to retiree health benefits

Despite the fact that North Carolina already ranks near the bottom nationally in the generosity of its retiree health plan—better …

August 3rd, 2015 |  

An invitation to volunteer

Dear Editor, This note is being written in response to the letter from Andy Guion printed recently in your paper …

August 2nd, 2015 |  

Liberty, justice for all

There is no more unifying statement we, as Americans, utter than the 31 words embodied within the Pledge of Allegiance. …

August 2nd, 2015 |  

With vouchers approved, time for accountability

With vouchers approved, time for accountability

Does it serve a clear public purpose to give lower-income families $4,200-a-year, taxpayer-funded scholarships so their children can attend private …

July 29th, 2015 |  

Dealing with rising energy costs

Heating and cooling costs continue to keep rising even with the best energy efficient plan. For some, this rising cost …

July 28th, 2015 updated: July 28th, 2015. |  

The verdict on the election laws trial

The verdict on the election laws trial

Two weeks into the hearing over North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, we have reached some conclusions. For starters, mainstream media …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Appreciation for Christmas in July

Dear editor, Christmas in July Festival is a mainstay tradition of West Jefferson, North Carolina. Many visitors mark their calendars …

July 26th, 2015 |  

The voting rights struggle moves to federal court

The voting rights struggle moves to federal court

Republican legislators can hardly get around the fact that their 2013 overhaul of North Carolina election laws is likely to …

July 24th, 2015 |  

A sobering reminder of what’s at stake in the budget debate

The annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child welfare in states was released this …

July 23rd, 2015 |  

Why Greece matters to North Carolina

For many Americans, Greece evokes idyllic islands, feta cheese, and “Western civ.” The details of its financial crisis strike them …

July 23rd, 2015 |  

Pay workers a wage to make ends meet

Pay workers a wage to make ends meet

The central challenge confronting North Carolina is restoring the promise of work to our state’s families, in turn delivering greater …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

Judicial retirement

Judicial retirement

We expect an announcement soon that Superior Court Judge Howard “Howdy” Manning, Jr. will be retiring upon reaching the mandatory …

July 21st, 2015 |  

Time for health care solutions that lower costs and empower patients

Time for health care solutions that lower costs and empower patients

For the past two years, my email inbox, mailbox and phone lines have been flooded with reports of cancelled health …

July 20th, 2015 |  

Growth of North Carolina solar industry in jeopardy

Growth of North Carolina solar industry in jeopardy

Earlier this year, North Carolina became just the fourth state in the nation to top 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed …

July 18th, 2015 |  

Four big questions as lawmakers return from summer vacation

Four big questions as lawmakers return from summer vacation

The General Assembly has returned from its week-long break in the middle of this year’s legislative session. Here are four …

July 18th, 2015 updated: July 18th, 2015. |  

The forgotten starting point for Medicaid ‘reform’

The forgotten starting point for Medicaid ‘reform’

One of the things holding up passage of a state budget for the next two years and the adjournment of …

July 16th, 2015 updated: July 16th, 2015. |  

State budgets can be strong anti-poverty tools

State budgets can be strong anti-poverty tools

Today, more than 1.7 million North Carolinians find affording basics like rent, food, and childcare to be a daily challenge. …

July 16th, 2015 |  

Not better off

If you want to know how that “Carolina Comeback” is affecting North Carolina families, look no further than median income. …

July 15th, 2015 updated: July 15th, 2015. |  

Is it time for ballot initiatives in North Carolina?

Is it time for ballot initiatives in North Carolina?

Many cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that independent redistricting commissions are Constitutional. Enthusiasm in North Carolina was …

July 15th, 2015 |  

The disturbing ‘little-noticed provisions’ snuck into the Senate budget

The disturbing ‘little-noticed provisions’ snuck into the Senate budget

One of the most often used phrases these days by the media outlets that cover the General Assembly is “a …

July 14th, 2015 |  

Toothless proposals aimed at workplace cheaters come up short

Good and honest businesses need many things from state government in order to thrive: good roads, water and sewer service, …

July 13th, 2015 |  

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