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At first glance, the late Sen. Jesse Helms and President-elect Donald Trump could not be more different. Helms, who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 2003, was as plain as brown shoes, married to the same woman his … more
RALEIGH — During the fall campaign in North Carolina, the presidential and gubernatorial races captured most of the attention. That was understandable. But the re-election of Sen. Richard Burr deserves at least as much post-election attention, … more
RALEIGH — Before the 1991 legislative session, two legislative lawyers talked with me about that year’s redistricting. A new computer program, aptly named TIGER, would solve their two major legal puzzles: drawing legally defensible … more
It’s been a week since Thanksgiving and we still have a little bit of turkey left. Not a lot, maybe enough for a half sandwich. I guess if you put some lettuce and tomato on there, you might be able to stretch it to a whole sandwich, but it … more
There is no doubt that the 2016 election cycle will prove to be a pivotal one, both in our country and in North Carolina specifically. The candidates and campaigns for president, U.S. Senate and governor have received significant media coverage. … more
RALEIGH — For the second time in recent experience, and the fifth time in American history, a presidential candidate has been elected despite having failed to win a plurality of the nationwide vote. Also for the second time in recent … more
Lisa Batts reminded me Sunday night of a trip I took to Cuba and suggested I might write a column about it because of Fidel Castro’s death. Actually, I have been to Cuba twice — once with journalists hosted by the Southern Newspaper … more
RALEIGH — 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. At this writing, Attorney General Roy Cooper leads Gov. Pat … more
We are entering a time of collective indecision. We are entering a time which, for some, is uncharted territory. For others, seasoned veterans, is not so much a time of indecision, but of time management, resource allocation and strategic … more
RALEIGH — In the days before national chains, my Uncle Ted would only stop at auto-club approved motels during our annual baseball trips. “I want a clean room,” he would say. But I suspect now that the practice stemmed from his … more
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