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Voters are hearing a lot of talk from politicians these days in Washington about lobbying reform. Both parties have presented packages to ‘clean up the mess’ and though the Democrats say they’re going a little further than Republicans, basically, both

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Here’s a strange twist. The Morrisville City Council seems about to give Chinese computer giant Lenova $1 million in tax breaks – to relocate there. Giving tax breaks – even to a Chinese conglomerate – is not strange. But what’s

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Gary, I expect – whether Osama bin Laden carries out his threats or not – the 2006 elections are going to be about terrorism. We’re in a war, they’re people running around out there who chop people’s heads off with

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Friday, January 20, was the 25th anniversary of a dramatic example of events in the Middle East driving American politics: 25 years ago, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President and Iran released the hostages. Same day, 2006, our news

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The News & Observer headline Thursday (January 19) said “Wake school officials fear sticker shock.” I believe Raleigh Democrats are in for voter shock if they don’t wise up. This month, Democrats on the City Council refused to even talk

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One of the School Board Financial Advisory Board members has come out for something called an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance (ADF) – which sounds like a good-old-fashioned impact fee. Now that’s wrong with that? First, it’s a hidden tax. The

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It seems like there’s a new scandal erupting in Washington about every day. The News and Observer reports (January 12, 2006) court documents filed last Wednesday show Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson demanded bribes “in exchange for his help in promoting

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The News and Observer reports Wake County Commission Chairman Tony Gurley has switched sides – he’s now a moderate (he ran for election as a conservative). That doesn’t sound too bad. People have a right to sincerely change opinions. But

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Chris Matthews seems to have uncovered a golden nugget about lobbying laws in Washington. He says current law restricts how much a lobbyist can spend on dinner with a member of Congress or a Senator. But there is no limit

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Raleigh and Washington aren’t the only capitals where politicians are scrambling to get in front of the ethics reform train. Tennessee’s legislature is meeting this week in a special session. It was called after four state legislators were caught up

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