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North Carolina’s bathrooms are headed back to the courtroom. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has revived its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, arguing in an amended complaint that the compromise repeal signed into law … more
Gov. Roy Cooper recently promised that Democrats, if returned to power in 2020, will implement independent, nonpartisan redistricting. Was that a serious commitment to good government or a campaign pitch? Time will tell, but voters should press … more
The most powerful people in the criminal justice system don’t sport black robes or wield gavels. Nor do they carry the tattered briefcase of the trial lawyer or wear the bailiff’s badge and gun. They aren’t elected or … more
It didn’t take a professionally produced “master plan” or a blue-ribbon panel of community leaders to develop a list of five opportunities for Wilson’s growth and development. We shared Wednesday’s editorial about … more
After lawmakers called a recess and fled Raleigh for the Fourth of July, news stories began tallying the days spent in session and beating a somewhat familiar drum. It’s beginning to strain credulity to call the General Assembly a part-time … more
Wilson’s 1 percent population growth doesn’t sound all that impressive — until you realize we’re swimming against a regional current. From the 2010 U.S. Census to 2016, most of our neighboring communities in eastern North … more
The doomsday prediction wasn’t scrawled on a cardboard sign, but printed in bold black ink at the top of the newspaper page. “Trudy Wade’s Bill Will Close Jamestown News,” it warns, adding in all-capital letters, … more
They should have seen it coming. And in all likelihood, they did. But that didn’t stop the General Assembly’s Republican majority from politicizing races for local boards and judgeships that should be anything but political. For … more
If city and county officials want to continue opening their meetings in prayer, they will have to pass the microphone to local pastors instead of amplifying their personal pleas to the Almighty. In a 10-5 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of … more
Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill authorizing charity game nights for fear that the gambling law carve-out would become a Trojan horse for video poker operators. If sustained, the Wednesday veto could dim fundraising prospects for nonprofit groups … more
A court order is delaying a penny-per-ounce soda tax from taking effect in Chicago, but on the national stage, the nanny state is racking up victories. Roughly a dozen local governments have begun taxing soft drinks, and Massachusetts is now … more
Even though a backlash against it arguably contributed to President Donald Trump’s election, political correctness retains a firm foothold in American society. The 2017 State of the First Amendment survey shows 54.9 percent of Americans … more
Serving sandwiches, bagging groceries and running cash registers used to be as much a staple of summer vacation as sandlot baseball and weekend trips to the beach. Yet today, fewer teenagers are working summer jobs, and high-schoolers are less … more
Sometimes a bad idea becomes a gift that keeps on giving. So it is with the General Assembly’s attempt to politicize key institutions and its penchant for extreme political gerrymandering of North Carolina. The gerrymandering has already … more
Before it became a cliché, it was an apt metaphor, and before that, a literal means of challenging a top-ranked boxer to a bout. In the early 19th century, contenders would indeed throw their hats into the ring. Today, the phrase is used almost … more
Some of us may remember a stern principal or harried teacher warning us that misbehavior could lead to a black mark on our “permanent record.” As adolescence faded into adulthood, the prospect of negative comments from former … more
A grassroots movement to rein in the federal government suffered a setback before the N.C. General Assembly’s Fourth of July recess, but lawmakers didn’t close the door on calling for a Convention of States. Senate Joint Resolution … more
The good news: A bill awaiting Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature found the solution to the most legally dubious aspect of using automated camera systems to enforce traffic laws. The bad news: Weak language makes it a mere suggestion, not the … more
Just in time for Independence Day, state lawmakers signed off on a bill to protect a fundamental American freedom for young citizens. House Bill 527, the Restore and Preserve Campus Free Speech Act, was ratified Thursday, the second-to-last day … more
Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast? On Tuesday, you’re fine. On Wednesday, you could receive a fine. Each year on the Fourth of July, North Carolina suspends its fishing … more
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