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We liberals pride ourselves on our commitment to clean, open and ethical government. Then we get in power and show that we can be just as hypocritical as the other guys. Witness the Gang of Four – the members of

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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Pat Stith is the best reporter there ever was. Not at The News & Observer. Not in North Carolina. The best. Ever. Anywhere. I had the good luck to work with him at the N&O in the early 70s. We

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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A veteran North Carolina Democrat points out the surest sign that the McCain campaign is worried about North Carolina: They are spending money on TV ads there. For months, Republicans have insisted they aren’t worried about North Carolina going for

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I’m still stuck on John McCain saying Barack Obama supports ‘comprehensive sex education’ for kindergartners. If McCain is telling the truth he’s convinced me – 100% – Obama does not have the judgment to be president. But if, on the

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Democrats have been more down than the Dow Jones Index since the Republican convention. But there is a definite uptick this week, with one exception. Here is my reading of the Democratic Election Mood Index (DEMI) as of today: The

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Down to his last four months in the governor’s mansion and looking ahead at his future beyond politics, Mike Easley has given his wife a five-year contract to work at North Carolina State University for $170,000 a year. Democrats are

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Two stories in today’s N&O point to where things are headed. A front-page story by Mark Johnson. Previously, he and other Charlotte Observer staffers were identified as “Charlotte Observer.” Today, he was identified as “staff writer.” The Business section said

Posted in: General, Issues, Raleigh
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Candidates aren’t the only ones whose debate and interview performances are being scrutinized. So are TV anchors, reporters and commentators. Was Charles Gibson condescending in his questioning of Sarah Palin? Does anybody know what he meant when he asked if

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With the polls heading the wrong way, the Obama campaign has to consider whether tying John McCain to George Bush is a winning strategy. Since Denver, the Democratic message has been that McCain means four more years of Bush. But

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Like the True Church, politics long ago split into two faiths: Organization and Media. I follow the Media faith. But the Obama campaign is trying to show that Organization leads to enlightenment. Or at least to victory. If organization works,

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