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Since Claude Sitton retired from The News & Observer, North Carolina editors have been an invisible lot. John Drescher may be changing that pattern.

Drescher, who recently became executive editor at The N&O, publicly called out Governor Easley twice this weekend.

In his column and on the air, Drescher challenged Easley to answer questions about the N&O’s devastating series on the state’s failed mental health reforms.

Drescher wrote, “Simply put, Easley needs to lead.” On WRAL’s “Headline Saturday,” which he co-hosts, Drescher challenged the Governor to appear on the show and answer questions.

It was an unusually personal challenge – the kind of thing Sitton frequently did.

The N&O, like many newspapers, may face an uncertain financial future. But Drescher appears determined to keep the paper a political power.

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