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Monday, 15 July 2019 12:43

COLUMN: Cooper's Medicaid demand won't work

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Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the North Carolina General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to Medicaid expansion. So far, now weeks into the new fiscal year, neither side has budged.

In 2008, billionaire asset manager Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers negotiated a very favorable plea bargain in Florida, under which he served a mere 13 months in jail — in his own private wing, with 12 hours of daily "work release"  on a single charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor (the FBI had identified 40 alleged victims of sexual predation on his part).

I have been accused of a lot of things in the half-century I have been on this earth, but I have never been accused of being a morning person. I don't hate mornings, per se, but I will admit they are not high on my list of things I enjoy. 

Monday, 08 July 2019 12:35

COLUMN: Redistricting should favor voters

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North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, Democratic consultants, and progressive activists devised a set of gerrymanders that would have guaranteed Democratic control of both legislative chambers for years to come, even if most North Carolinians voted for GOP candidates.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 14:43

COLUMN: Our legacy of liberty

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We charge you, King George, with “a long train of abuses” designed to “establish an absolute tyranny over these states.” Our 1776 Declaration of Independence was also a Declaration of Defiance, detailing the high crimes and misdemeanors of a tyrannical despot. The king was accused of “obstructing justice, imposing taxes, and cutting off our trade.”

Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast?

Thursday, you’re fine. On Friday, you might have to pay a fine.

Monday, 01 July 2019 13:58

COLUMN: Community colleges deliver great value

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Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re probably right about that, as long as their definition of “educational attainment” is sufficiently broad.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:02

COLUMN: Yes, they're concentration camps

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"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border," U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pointed out in an Instagram video on June 18.

Monday, 24 June 2019 13:29

COLUMN: Medicaid gambit won't boost Cooper

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What do North Carolina voters think of the job Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has done over his first two and a half years in the office? The signals are mixed at the moment.

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