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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 |  

Is North Carolina’s economic rebound stumbling?

Is North Carolina’s economic rebound stumbling?

Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called “gross domestic product,” …

July 12th, 2015 |  

No excuses left not to expand Medicaid

No excuses left not to expand Medicaid

In case Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders haven’t heard, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. The Supreme …

July 9th, 2015 |  

McCrory and the evolving media

McCrory and the evolving media

In some ways, I see both sides of the latest dispute between Gov. Pat McCrory’s office and the “media,” which …

July 8th, 2015 |  

Fixing our annual budget crisis

Fixing our annual budget crisis

Few are surprised our legislature came up to the deadline to pass a new state budget and was forced to …

July 7th, 2015 |  

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