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James Randi raises the bottle of sleeping pills to his lips and drains it as if it were a shot glass. There are no paramedics on standby to rush the stage, and no one dials 911. Audience members smirk, chuckle and applaud. It’s a routine … more
Most elected officials will extol the benefits of open government — after all, transparency is a bipartisan goal, and secrecy doesn’t poll well with the voters. But how many will vote to hold themselves accountable to the public they … more
A state panel’s egregious violation of North Carolina’s open meetings law could lead legislators to enact criminal penalties for government officials who slam the door on the public they serve. Sens. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and Norman … more
If you want accountability, change the law. That’s the takeaway from a North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling handed down last week that upholds a superior court judge’s decision to keep nearly 45 pages of minutes from a school … more
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be pumping pressurized natural gas through Wilson County in as little as 2 ½ years, but residents along the pipeline’s path are already feeling a blast of hot air. Dominion Power and Duke Energy officials … more
Responsible gun owners will be able to carry concealed handguns without a permit and bring them onto public college and university campuses if a pair of firearm freedom bills pass muster in the General Assembly. Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, … more
State lawmakers are considering two measures to ease archaic and unnecessary restrictions on alcohol sales. One could face opposition from religious groups, while the other has drawn the ire of beer distributors. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, … more
Sirloin steak was 32 cents a pound, a shiny half-dollar coin could buy a gallon of milk and a new house sold for about $3,200 cash — or roughly a tenth of the median U.S. mortgage down payment today. A lot has changed since 1917, but one … more
Gov. Roy Cooper hit a home run last week, then promptly struck out with the bases loaded. The grand slam came Thursday when Cooper named Wilson County District Attorney Robert Evans chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission. The strikeout … more
We did not expect the necessary higher salaries for annual sessions would come up before the General Assembly goes on a trial annual basis. Speaking with one of our highest state officials against annual sessions, which we oppose and he approves, … more
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