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Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton are debating whether North Carolina lost its competitive edge.  The question is: Who are we competing with? And is competition just about taxes?   Rob Christensen’s N&O story Sunday asked whether we’re still a “Dixie

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Gun rights vs. gun control: Except for race, it is the starkest divide in America today.   The Batman killings revived the familiar debate. One side says, “When are we going to do something about the easy availability of guns

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This presidential campaign has a hint of 1980.   A Democratic President is running for reelection in a bad economy. Americans are feeling down. The President’s poll numbers are worrisome. He is criticized as weak and disconnected.   The Republican

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Years ago, Congress passed a law saying able-bodied people who receive welfare should work for their benefits. That sounded fair. And reasonable. After all, sometimes even the hardest working folks land hard in a place but, when they do, requiring

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This is why people turn off television news.   A couple of weeks ago, Rep. Becky Carney’s miscast vote led to enactment of the fracking bill.   This week, WSOC-TV in Charlotte breathlessly reported: “Now, for the first time, Rep.

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The Democrats’ treasure chest has vanished. Year after year in elections, Democrats like Jim Hunt and Marc Basnight had war chests brimming with cash. Bev Perdue defeated Pat McCrory last election by outspending him by $7 million. But now the

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Given the fiscal cliff facing states, maybe it’s not a bad time for Democrats to let Republicans own Raleigh.   Speaker Thom Tillis says Republicans already “own” North Carolina’s economy. If Pat McCrory wins and they keep the House and

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My friend David Burney (of New Kind and Johnny Folsom Four fame) makes an insightful comment about Mitt Romney’s doomed struggle to separate himself from Bain Capital:   “The question as to whether or not he was the active CEO

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One hundred and eighty thousand people, from Maine to California, contributed to Jesse’s campaign when he defeated Jim Hunt in 1984 and about a month after the election, having dinner with Jesse, Tom Ellis said, “Let’s ask each of ‘em

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Where was this when I needed it?   TheNew York Times reports that the Obama and Romney campaigns are insisting on the power to review and edit their quotes before journalists can use them. And news outlets go along, including

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