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With fewer than 90 days before the November 8th elections it is fitting to consider who can and will vote and what can be done to encourage voter turnout
Let us settle for all time the question whether there is bias in the media.
The halfway mark of this event-filled year is a good time to reflect on the first six months in North Carolina. We would say the year's theme to date has been protest
When Representative Rob Bryan first proposed the idea of Achievement School Districts it seemed, at first, a pretty radical concept, but after a year of discussion we've not heard many alternatives put forward
One of the more frequent excuses given for not voting is, "my vote won't really matter."
Most of our state's 16 public universities are thriving but the UNC Board of Governors and our General Assembly continue to look for solutions at struggling campuses in smaller communities and those with larger minority enrollments.
The raging debate over House Bill 2 won't end and has become a political football, only this is a not a game. Regardless of who started the fight or is continuing it, the plain and simple truth is that HB2 is damaging North Carolina.
If you've lived on this planet more than 20 years you've experienced constant changes. We constantly hear that the only thing that remains the same is change and nowhere is that change more evident than in the world of media.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending.
As a TV talk show moderator my job is to ask questions. Lately, I've been fielding them, mostly about HB2.
If the 2016 election cycle ever leaves the focus on personalities and gets down to issues, we might focus on questions like candidate Ronald Reagan asked voters in 1980: "...Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
After a glorious Easter we took a few days of vacation, turned off the television, unplugged (mostly) the Internet and cell phone and got away to more peaceful environs.
We've talked for decades about healthcare reform but the only significant attempt to change the skyrocketing costs of health insurance, escalating pharmaceutical costs and deepening dissatisfaction has been Obamacare.
Following "Super Tuesday," both political parties are wondering how they can survive their nominees, while North Carolinians are pondering the impact on our state.
The circus came to Raleigh this week - not the farewell tour of thick-skinned pachyderms - but one in which other elephants were in the center ring.
This week's special session of the General Assembly was called primarily to address a new ordinance in Charlotte, due to go into effect April 1.
You've no doubt heard the spin put on the outcome of the Iowa caucuses, but when you cut through the noise this week's vote was a good indicator of what to expect going forward.
The Emerging Issues Forum always puts a microscope on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and this year's event was no exception.
If there is one conclusion to be reached from this year's reality TV presidential circus it's that we must change the way we select nominees.
The 2016 election cycle is one of the wildest and strangest we've seen, especially the presidential contests. In recent days these campaigns have raised interesting questions about protest and disruption.
You may or may not have noticed but North Carolina's political leadership has undertaken a fundamental shift away from unqualified support of traditional public schools towards favoring charter, private and even online schools.
One of the least discussed but most important elements of the Connect NC Bond package is the $309 million designated for clean water and sewer infrastructure.
The big story in 2016 will be the March 15th Primaries and November 8th General Elections, campaigns that promise to be loud, negative and ugly.
Governor McCrory's pronouncement that the proposed CSX rail hub in Selma is effectively dead is both good news and bad.
In recollecting 2015, I remember legendary CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, who closed each evening's newscast by saying, "And that's the way it is..,".
Sometime during this season you will no doubt hear or maybe even sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This spirited cumulative song, with each verse built upon the previous one, lists the increasingly lavish gifts given by the recipient's true love.
This is the supposed to be the season of peace on earth, good will toward mankind, but one is hard pressed to find much evidence of these qualities.
The U.S. Department of Justice should butt out of North Carolina's mental health problems, since it is partially responsible for getting us into the situation we now face.
In 1984, Jim Martin and Rufus Edmisten were opponents in our state's gubernatorial election. As with any statewide election, it was a hard fought contest, but one that can provide lessons for today.
"He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled)," Captain John Smith told the 1609 Jamestown colonists.
When our legislature voted to consolidate the traditional May Primary Election with the March 15th Presidential Primary they may have driven a nail in the coffins of political parties in our state.
That's the question North Carolinians should be asking our legislators concerning the budget they just passed. Lawmakers came to Raleigh in January with the primary task of setting a new two-year budget prior to the beginning of the state fiscal year July 1.
It has been four years since Republicans took control of our legislature. They now control all three branches of state government.
You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays.
As Republicans begin their fourth year leading our state legislature it is fair to assess how they and we are doing under their control.
Perhaps you have been listening to the yays and nays concerning the net neutrality decision of the FCC, which also gave the City of Wilson permission to expand their Greenlight Internet service.
You've heard the spin the media, the progressives and the professors have put on the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, but let's step back and look at what this is and isn't about.
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