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RALEIGH — 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 … more
I make no bones about being from somewhere else. Sure, I live in North Carolina now, but I was born somewhere else. I was born in Maryland —Baltimore to exact. Depending on who tells it, Maryland is a southern state. Look at any map and you … more
RALEIGH — I admit to being biased in favor of my home state. But I believe the following proposition is demonstrably true. To the extent that American conservatives are increasingly pessimistic about the future of their decades-old political … more
RALEIGH — In the days following North Carolina’s first gubernatorial debate of 2016, polls show Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper neck-and-neck in one of the most closely watched governor’s races in the country. A … more
RALEIGH — When liberals and conservatives debate the issue of how best to promote economic growth and opportunity, they usually talk about their differences on spending and taxes. Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance … more
On the second weekend of June, people in Louisville, Kentucky, laid to rest two leading citizens. One of them, of course, was Muhammad Ali, buried on June 10. The other, my cousin Boyce F. Martin Jr., was buried the next day. Recently retired, he … more
RALEIGH — It’s hard to blame a politician who’s brutally honest. State Rep. David Lewis, a Dunn Republican, was brutally honest earlier this year when he told a legislative committee that North Carolina’s new congressional … more
Someone asked me the other day how I was going to celebrate The Holiday. I mentally checked the calendar to see if I had missed something important. When I was reasonably certain I had not, I asked the person to which holiday they were referring. … more
RALEIGH — As the general election campaign begins in North Carolina, you can expect to hear a lot about Kansas. Yes, I can read a map. Kansas and North Carolina aren’t exactly neighbors. But when it comes to fiscal policy, critics of … more
RALEIGH — Legislation is moving at a feverish pace through the General Assembly, as lawmakers try to finish their work by early July. Many who work around the legislative complex see this as positive, not wanting the session to drag on like … more
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