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It’s predictable that some Democrats will implicate Sarah Palin and the Tea Party in the Arizona shootings.   It’s predictable that Republicans will accuse those Democrats of seeking to exploit a tragedy perpetrated by a nut.   The unfortunate truth

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To cut spending Republican leaders in the General Assembly, the News and Observer reported the other day, are considering allowing Governor Perdue’s Cabinet Secretaries to decide what to cut in their departments.   In other words the legislature will decide

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A veteran of the legislature’s hallways and byways took exception to my sympathetic and OBX-centric view of Marc Basnight.   Even the Charlotte Observer gushed, “It’s a testament to his place in N.C. politics that even his political adversaries spoke

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Instead of one of those periodic calamities where the economy stumbles then rights itself it looks like this time America’s economic engine may have ruptured and faces a long, slow convalescence. That takes a decade. Or, maybe, doesn’t happen at

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Maybe there was more than I realized behind Senator Richard Burr’s vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”   Last week, I gave him credit for doing the right thing. But an astute Burr-watcher – not a partisan either way

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Bev Perdue’s poll numbers have been upside down – meaning her ‘unpopularity’ is greater than her ‘popularity’ – almost since the day she took office.   Twenty-seven years ago Jesse Helms faced similar ‘upside down’ poll numbers; his pollster Arthur

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Let others talk about what Marc Basnight did for the university system, clean water, open records, the Democratic Party, etc., etc.   Those of us who love and live on the Outer Banks have selfish reasons to thank him.  

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We’ve waited nearly 30 years, but it’s finally here.   Thirty years ago this month, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated. He said government was the problem, not the solution. He promised that – finally – someone would really, really cut government

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The N&O front-pager about “North Carolina’s three conservative Democrats” – Congressmen Heath Shuler, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre – asks whether there’s a place for Blue Dogs in today’s Democratic Party.   For perspective, I turn as always to my

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