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In early 2012, I was traveling around the state meeting with pastors as part of Vote for Marriage NC. On May 8, 2012, North Carolinians voted to protect traditional marriage with a 61 percent … more
January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for … more
As the New Year unfolds there are at least a dozen leaders likely to play a big role in public policy issues in 2018. In order to avoid criticism for any partiality, we listed them in alphabetical … more
ANDREW J. BAREFOOT Andrew J. Barefoot made his will in Wilson County on Sept. 15, 1873, and it was probated on Sept. 22, 1873: (1) wife Zilpha, use of a third of 500 acres south of Contentnea … more
The other day was my birthday. Instead of the usual ice cream and cake, I had a headache, chills and a low-grade fever. I didn’t mind, really. When your birthday is on a holiday, you get used to … more
I had thought this week’s column would be a reflection on my recent trip to London following Christmas or a precursor to the Creativity Conference that I’m helping lead in two weeks in Orlando. … more
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” observed Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero’s observation is debatable, of course, but it does have merits in our family. We … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has finished his first year in office — a year full of the fireworks that are common in a divided state government. Cooper and Republican legislative leaders have … more
Are you thinking about getting in shape for 2018? Getting healthier is a great resolution to make, and fitness studios and gyms always see higher enrollment at the beginning of the year. But be … more
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed “tax reform” package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is “leaving us broke.” “How,” he wonders, “are we … more
My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something. You see, my father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when paperboys stood on city corners and shouted … more
RALEIGH — While 2017 was a good and productive year for many public and private institutions in North Carolina, it was a tragic year for our prison system. Five staffers were killed by inmates, … more
Happy New Year! We always approach a new year with anticipation, hope and also some worries. Last year was one of the strangest political years I have seen in some time. A new Republican president … more
Since President Trump’s election, dozens of conservative and liberal pundits have offered their opinions on why a Republican billionaire Beltway outsider beat a charter member of the entrenched … more
Maybe, instead of taking down monuments to our past, we should be building new ones. No, I am not suggesting that we fill the courthouse squares with more images of Confederate soldiers. However, … more
As we publish this week, the Republicans are running an ad thanking Donald Trump for letting us say Merry Christmas again. When did we ever stop saying Merry Christmas? What a wash, or another ploy … more
RALEIGH — When Congress enacted tax reform a few weeks ago, the final product bore a striking resemblance to the state tax changes North Carolina’s legislature has enacted since 2013. … more
They’re partying at the Cracker Barrel. Wings are flying out of Hooters. The Olive Garden’s endless breadsticks have been depleted. Wherever Republicans celebrate, cans of Bud Light are being … more
Even before he was president, Donald Trump was clear about how he would prioritize putting constitutionalists on the courts. And now, at the end of 2017, we can see how his presidency is already … more
Our legislators are due to return to Raleigh on Jan. 10, another continuation of the 2017 session they just can’t seem to conclude. The January date was set to spend a day or so passing judicial … more
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