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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act is surging once again. At this writing, I don’t know if Congress will make any progress this year. But I know that there is no more important issue in today’s politics, both nationally and right here in North Carolina.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

If there is one indisputable observation to make about the state’s Republican legislative majority it is this: They are relentless in their efforts to protect their disproportional power.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

While the legislature debated the state lottery years ago, a veteran lobbyist dismissed my argument that it would amount to state-sponsored gambling.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina’s prison system -- as well they should be.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Over the last four years, Republican legislators, fueled by veto-proof majorities in both houses, have refashioned the state’s tax code, voting laws, and its policies on education, the environment and social issues.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The state Senate took a chain saw to the University of North Carolina law school this month, cutting nearly a third of the state appropriation for one of the nation’s oldest law schools.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The last major effort to repeal North Carolina’s anti-union right-to-work law occurred in 1949, so you can see the urgency of the legislature in moving this year to enshrine the law in the state Constitution. Can’t be too careful, you know.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For the past year, some of North Carolina’s leading Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, left-wingers and right-wingers, tried something different.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This is the story of how two North Carolina legislatures approached court reform – one with prudent professionalism and the other with seat-of-the-pants politics.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

During the middle of the last century, there was a reform effort in North Carolina to depoliticize municipal government, removing power from the old ward bosses and making city government more businesslike.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

North Carolina remains among the leaders in the South when it comes to quality of life, health, education, the economy and other important measures, according to a new in-depth 50-state survey.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Reporters look for what is new, and that’s what the legislative press corps did that day years back when the budget was approved in just hours.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

School officials say they need more money to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the legislature so, to exert political leverage on lawmakers, they’re citing the dreadful cuts they’ll have to make without a new infusion of cash.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

When historians assess Pat McCrory’s term, I don’t think he will be remembered as nearly as successful as North Carolina’s previous two Republican governors, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Republican state lawmakers – disappointed with the outcome of the election – moved recently to curb the powers of Governor-elect Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The usual crowd was hanging out in the parking lot of my neighborhood firehouse in Connecticut, sometime about 1965, when Mr. Andy drove by in his new Oldsmobile 98.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In the days before national chains, my Uncle Ted would only stop at auto-club approved motels during our annual baseball trips.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Although we can’t be certain who our next governor will be, we can be relatively certain that, for the fifth consecutive four-year term, our governor will be weak.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

When Hillary Clinton appeared with Michelle Obama last week at Wake Forest University, it followed a pattern of the Democratic presidential candidate campaigning in North Carolina’s major metropolitan areas.

A few years ago, a young friend joined us older guys for a beer at our local spot. He’d been watching a lot of Fox News and had had Rush Limbaugh on the radio that afternoon, so when the conversation moved from sports to politics, he emoted his anxieties.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sometimes I wonder if televised debates don’t do more harm than good, confusing the public when candidates make arguments woven from issues taken out of context.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Whether as Democrats while this was a one-party state or Republicans since the GOP’s 1972 resurgence, North Carolina conservatives have repeatedly used a reliable political tactic: Point at their opponents and holler, “Liberal! Liberal! Liberal!”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016