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RALEIGH — Is the full picture of our labor market captured in the official unemployment rate? The answer to that question is no — but that doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy afoot. In Washington, Republicans have long argued … more
“America has a heart problem,” proclaimed the Rev. William Barber at the recent Democratic National Convention. Combining the words and style of an old-time revivalist with a modern-day prophet, Barber stirred the audience and his words … more
RALEIGH – Attention millionaires and billionaires and anyone else with extra money who wants to spend it in a meaningful way in North Carolina. Raleigh desperately needs a nonpartisan, independent think tank to examine important issues from a … more
Of all the things I had planned for my vacation, I have done none of them. Zero. Zippo. Nada. I had a big list of things I was going to do now that I had more than two hours in the evening. I was going to do all kinds of projects. There were some … more
RALEIGH — 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 … more
RALEIGH — “You started it.” “No, you started it.” “No, you did.” Sound like a fourth-grade playground quarrel? Certainly. Unfortunately, it also sounds like our state’s elected leaders over House Bill … more
I get asked on a weekly basis about when I am going to cover current events in this column. I’d have a nice chunk of change if I had a quarter for each time I am asked if I am going to write about the presidential election. I am asked if I am … more
Democrats had a remarkably good day Wednesday, and Donald Trump had a remarkably bad one. In Philadelphia, speaker after speaker laid into Trump as an untrustworthy con man unfit to serve as president of the United States. Barack Obama ended the … more
RALEIGH — In most presidential election years, the vast majority of North Carolina voters — and, I assume, Americans — choose a candidate for president, the top office in the land. In 2012, for example, 4,542,488 voters cast … more
RALEIGH — It never ceases to amaze how much money pours into campaign coffers in North Carolina and how big of a role cash plays in our election system. As November approaches, campaigns raising significant gobs of cash are exclaiming their … more
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