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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday made partisan gerrymandering a little harder in North Carolina. Its ruling in Cooper v. Harris found that two of the state’s congressional districts were drawn too much on the basis of race, rejecting the … more
Need proof that the Old North State is awash in needless regulation? Look no further than the saga of Senate Bill 24. SB 24 is a useful bill — and a popular one, given that both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly passed it unanimously. … more
We’ve lost count of the reasons Americans generally don’t trust politicians. On Tuesday, another log was added to the fire in North Carolina. Sen. Ralph Hise, a Republican from Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, helped shepherd through … more
Wilson County’s mental health agency is less than two months away from completing a merger with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. A blistering audit showing misuse of taxpayer funds at Cardinal should prompt local leaders to hit the … more
THUMBS UP to the N.C. House for passing a bill to raise the age for adult criminal charges from 16 to 18. North Carolina is currently the only state that charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. House members voted 104-8 to approve House Bill 280 … more
An antiquated rule dating to the end of Prohibition was meant to guard against monopolies, but in the modern era of the craft beer boom, it stifles competition. Call it the law of unintended consequences. A pair of Charlotte breweries and the … more
A three-judge panel has weighed in on the artistic merit of Brewmasters’ mural, and the decision conflicts with Wilson city officials’ claim that the art installation is merely an oversized sign. No, the dispute between the popular … more
If North Carolina lawmakers want voter identification requirements, they’ll have to go back to the drawing board. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away the state’s appeal of a Fourth Circuit ruling that struck down parts of the … more
An important principle for a democracy was broken last Monday night in Middlesex. A citizen speaker recognized during the public comment portion of the town board meeting was prevented from finishing her remarks and escorted by police out of a … more
Hurricane Matthew turned country roads and suburban streets into lakes. Thousands were flooded out of their homes. Dozens of cars were swept away in rushing water. Twenty-eight people lost their lives. Here in Wilson County, emergency officials … more
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