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When Alfred, Lord Tennyson published “Ring Out, Wild Bells” as a part of “In Memoriam A. H. H.” in 1850, he referred to letting the old year go and embracing the new one. Tennyson wrote, “Ring out the old, ring in … more
RALEIGH — One key consequence of the 2016 elections in North Carolina was that the state’s court system drew a great deal of attention. You can expect that attention to continue, and perhaps to lead to constructive change, during the … more
Obama, the shrewd manager The shrewd manager in Luke 16 is caught red-handed misappropriating the master’s goods and is soon to be fired. The manager, to curry favor with his master’s debtors, forgives them portions of their debts. … more
RALEIGH — When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial … more
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. McCrory was never able to overcome his … more
RALEIGH — As recent events have reminded us, North Carolina’s state government is not a precise analogue to the federal government. Its leadership is more diffuse. The state legislature is stronger, relative to the executive branch, … more
How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about. We are used to it, of course. It almost seems natural. But it is not. We have just done it this way forever. We are on autopilot — … more
Do you remember in high school when we selected all those senior superlatives? We wondered all year who would make the list of the best this or the most that. Everyone secretly longed to be chosen for the superlative list. I say we should each … more
Once again, North Carolina made national news and once again, it wasn’t favorable. For a while it appeared our state was ready to rid itself of all the negative publicity, economic loss and rancor associated with House Bill 2, but at the end … more
RALEIGH — Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party. In all four instances, the legislature stripped the newly … more
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