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Some 500+ of Bill Friday’s closest personal friends attended a luncheon in Chapel Hill honoring him for 40 years of hosting “North Carolina People.”   (Warning: Shameless self-promotion ahead! I’m on his show tonight and Sunday, talking about my Jim

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In theory state law says the maximum contribution you or I or anyone else can give a State House or Senate candidate is $4,000 per election – but it turns out legislators left a loophole in the law.   Say

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Has it occurred to anybody in the Republican Party that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is driving them off a cliff?   Think back one year ago. Republicans could smell victory in November. Why? Because President Obama and the Democratic Congress

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Craig Phillips, who died Tuesday, was a good and progressive Superintendent of Public Instruction. But I feel compelled to correct one small thing in the N&O’s story about him.   The story said Phillips “put reading aides in state elementary

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Of all things there’s another ‘concealed carry’ bill over at the legislature…this time Speaker Thom Tillis’ Chief of Staff, Charles Thomas, and State Senate Kingpin Tom Apodaca want to allow the Sergeants-at-Arms in the legislature to carry concealed pistols.  

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Look on the House budget proposal as the first move in a political chess match.   The strategy: Lay out the most draconian cuts possible, guaranteed to bring to Raleigh every special interest group in the state – a chorus

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The corporate-wing of the State Republican Party, led by Charlotte Senator Bob Rucho, has come out four-square for Governor Perdue taking $545 million from the federal government to build ‘high-speed’ railroad tracks from Raleigh and Charlotte.   Governors in several

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An advisor to President Obama used a term recently that may be the theme – stated or not – of both his budget proposal Wednesday and his 2012 campaign: “a balanced approach.” He will no doubt contrast that to Republican

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One more Civil War story: In 1865, just after Lee surrendered at Appomattox Lincoln went to bed and had a dream: He was alone in the White House, walking through empty rooms and heard voices wailing; he walked towards the

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I received the missive below from a veteran of the Legislative Building. I should note that the author is not a yellow-dog Democrat, but rather someone who is sympathetic to the new Republican majority and its (supposed) agenda. “Long-time legislative

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