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Should the legislature merge and cut Smart Start and More At Four? As the Geico guy might ask: “Is stirring up Jim Hunt a good idea?”   Republican legislators apparently are hearing an earful from Hunt already. Those who weren’t

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The Wilmington Star News has branded the unkind words ‘pay to play’ on Senate Republican Leader Harry Brown, who’s put his political clout behind ‘groin-building’ to help wealthy homeowners who need seawalls (groins) to keep the beaches in front of

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Watching television coverage of the nuclear-plant crisis in Japan is a classic case of TMI. Not Three Mile Island: Too Much Information. Too much confusing, alarmist, over-heated and incomprehensible information, to be precise. The coverage also reflects the trend toward

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Last year, the state received $10.5 billion in ‘Stimulus Funds’ from the Obama administration – a staggering number equal to one-half the state budget.   This year, the state faces a $2.7 billion dollar budget deficit.   Does that sound

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Tony Tata obviously learned something about politics in the military, as well as good offensive strategy.   When he started as Wake schools superintendent, he disarmed critics by meeting with them. Now he has proposed a budget that is austere,

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Well, the legislative freight train called ‘Legal Reform’ has barreled out of the State Senate and over into the State House: The other day a passer-by spotted a parade of lobbyists (from Insurance Companies, the Medical Society, the Hospital Association,

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Speaker Thom Tillis’ quote rang familiar:    “You are looking at people who are members of a party that will lead this state for a decade, if not a generation. I’m not sure the Democrats can ever take it back,”

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In thirty years in politics I’ve only seen a handful of problems with no solutions. None at all.   For example once during Steve Forbes first Presidential campaign we got trapped in a corner in Iowa – and there was

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UPS – The Governor’s up for somehow convincing House and Senate Republican leaders to attack her for juggling the state’s books to send out $300 million in tax refunds.   The Republicans are up for raiding (or trying to raid

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I don’t understand exactly what ‘collective bargaining’ means but if it means what it sounds like – a group of workers banding together to increase their power when they bargain for better pay – it seems they have a right

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