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RALEIGH — The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up 4 percent from the 2015-16 school year. That was the largest pay hike for teachers in the United States, and boosted North … more
RALEIGH — It was unclear if the dismissive remark was aimed at me or at my column of the day before. “Naïve,” the new Senate president pro tem, the late Sen. Henson Barnes, D-Wayne, said at the Senate chamber’s press … more
On May 8, Americans were informed that President Donald Trump had dismissed James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Reasons for his dismissal have become the latest firestorm in the Trump administration, as those reasons change … more
What’s the biggest issue facing North Carolina today? That was the question posed at a recent lunch with Leslie Boney, the newly named director of the Institute for Emerging Issues. Boney wants to ensure that future Emerging Issues Forums … more
This weekend is Mother’s Day, as you all know. This weekend, I imagine the candy makers, printers of greeting cards, growers of flowers and florists will find themselves firmly in the black. Valentine’s Day was only the … more
Our country observes many holidays, some of which should be remembered every day, not on just one day of the year: Easter, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and, of course, our blessed Mother’s … more
It may seem odd that the headline for a column in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Christian Reformation has a phrase from Chinese philosophy front and center. But yin and yang seem to sum up for modern culture the idea of … more
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 … more
RALEIGH — The past six years have brought significant change in North Carolina government and policy. Conservatives tend to like the budget restraint, tax cuts, school choice initiatives and other reforms that the Republican-led legislature … more
RALEIGH — It should come as no surprise to anyone that things are not always what they seem in politics. A state Senate-passed bill calling for a constitutional amendment to cap the personal income tax is one such thing. Should it pass the … more
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