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While Governor McCrory and his patrons at the John Locke Foundation were bragging about tax cuts on Tax Day, Republicans in the Legislative Building were digging an even deeper teacher-pay hole for themselves and McCrory.   The N&O’s page one

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Thom Tillis is a lot like Mitt Romney, and he learned one big thing from Romney’s 2012 campaign: Don’t get on the same stage and same page with the nuts in his party.   So Tillis may be making the

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“Will no one rid me of this troublesome professor?” (Paraphrasing King Henry II on Thomas Becket.)   Fifty years ago, the legislature brought shame on North Carolina, dishonor on themselves and harm to UNC when the honorables passed the Speaker

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Misery loves company and right here, in Raleigh, it’s led to a pretty strange alliance. Governor McCrory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency have joined arms.   To whip the ‘coal ash’ problem.  

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When it comes to straw polls, from cradle to grave, there’s a whiff of deception in the air. Hardly anything is what it seems.   For instance, political groups don’t take straw polls to measure voters’ opinions or candidates’ strengths

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This is a story about how even “good” money – that is, money spent for candidates and causes I like – can be bad.   It’s a story about how outside donors and independent campaigns, not candidates and office-holders, are

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Long ago and far away, in bygone days, during Jim Hunt’s first incarnation as Governor, we (Jesse Helms’ political organization) lit on what we thought was a grand idea: We ’d do a TV ad attacking Governor Hunt for giving

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How would Republican primary voters feel about a prominent supporter of gay marriage holding a fundraiser for Thom Tillis in New York City?   That would be Paul Singer, a hedge-fund CEO whom the Washington Post calls “the money man

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Maybe the attack-Koch strategy is a good idea after all. I had questions, but I’m coming around.   Every story needs a villain. That lesson is as old as the Bible. (See: the Serpent, Garden of Eden.)   Just as

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A year ago when my health insurance went up I grumbled and blamed Blue Cross. Then, this year, my new bill arrived and the premium went up again even more. But this time I didn’t blame Blue Cross. I laid

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