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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Can the experience of world-renowned musician and North Carolina native Joseph Robinson contribute to North Carolina’s on-going dialogue about the purpose and value of higher education?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reactions to the so-called repeal of HB2 show one reason why Democrats are already in trouble for the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

It is here. Just in time for the election season, this new book can guide this fall’s political candidates to the North Carolina eateries where locals gather to eat and exchange information and viewpoints about public affairs.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Could reading a few North Carolina connected books help Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton be better candidates, campaigners and debaters during the next couple of months?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The science-fiction pioneer H.G. Wells once observed that “human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.” This is a wise observation – and it speaks to the political debate we’ve been having here in North Carolina for the past several years.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

North Carolina is urbanizing – that much is certain. You can chart it in the economic data about population, income and job creation. You can see it in the cranes that rise into the skylines of our largest cities. You can hear it as you travel the state and talk to people. Fewer have the dis…

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

As Democrats and Republicans actively contest North Carolina’s governorship, U.S. Senate seat and 15 electoral votes for president this fall, don’t expect them to ignore other races on the ballot.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Do you want to know why the Left has tried to make North Carolina politics into an “all HB 2, all the time” zone? Here are some reasons:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In 2016 North Carolina features the country’s most competitive election for governor, one of the country’s most competitive elections for U.S. Senate, and the tightest state race in the country between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

North Carolinians of my generation have been blessed with two important Robert Morgans. One is the mountain-born-and-raised and acclaimed writer who is featured this week on North Carolina Bookwatch for his latest novel, “Chasing the North Star.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Although North Carolina encompasses many islands, our state is certainly not an island when it comes to economic growth and social development. We are part of a region, the Southeastern United States, that has been growing and developing for many decades.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

You’ve probably heard that North Carolina ranks near the bottom of the country in the average pay received by our public schoolteachers. I wouldn’t blame you for believing this statement to be true, because it’s been repeated so often by so many politicians, journalists, and political activists.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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If you want some more tips for good summer reading from recent books by North Carolina authors, I have four suggestions, two set in the mountains, two about our military.

Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line: if our students were better prepared for college, careers and the responsibilities of citizenship, North Carolina would reap tremendous benefits.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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So far this year, we’ve had three state budget plans submitted by the three main actors in the drama: Gov. Pat McCrory, the House and the Senate. While important differences remain to be settled between the two chambers, I’m struck by the remarkable similarities.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

North Carolina has one of the most-polled electorates in the United States. As we head into a general election full of highly competitive races for governor, senator, president and other offices, those of us who closely follow politics in the Tar Heel State will again appreciate the high fre…

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

One of the consequences of writing a syndicated column on politics and public policy for nearly 30 years is that I am constantly told what I think and why I think it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I write today in praise of state employees who work in North Carolina’s regulatory agencies. Because of their due diligence, our state’s business climate is steadily improving – and North Carolinians are beginning to enjoy the benefits.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not recommend the 5-percent average pay raise for public school teachers that Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a few weeks ago, there will be a substantial raise in their budget.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance – but its implications are varied, significant and underappreciated.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Is there any way for the opposing sides debating North Carolina’s House Bill 2 to move beyond the current impasse? The odds may be against it. But on two outstanding matters, in particular – access to state courts and access to public restrooms – I think action is possible.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do you wonder why political adversaries seem so often to talk past each other rather than engage in useful debate? One reason is that, in many cases, they really aren’t talking about the same things.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

During a recent book tour across North Carolina, I had occasion to visit with thousands of politically active people, most of them conservatives. The most frequent question I received from audiences was what I thought of Donald Trump.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016