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When politicians miss the point

RALEIGH — If politicians want to understand why the public doesn’t hold them in higher esteem, they should probably consider just how often they miss they basic points of the matters before them. It’s those larger, missed points that become ...

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Protecting Republican successes down east

RALEIGH — Recent Republican successes in eastern North Carolina may not be such a good thing for long-term Republican success elsewhere across the state. That statement makes sense only when you consider the consequences of that success on proposed new ...

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Congressional maps go on parade (access required)

RALEIGH — It seems that the spoils are now well within sight for the victors. The biggest spoil from the 2010 elections in North Carolina was the ability to redraw legislative and congressional districts. The victors, of course, were the ...

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The Outer Banks’ bridge battle

RALEIGH — The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1937 along the northern part of Hatteras Island to protect shore birds and the many species of migratory waterfowl that use the North Carolina Outer Banks as a stopover. ...

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Public financing under siege

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s foray into public financing of political campaigns may be nearing an end. Supporters won’t want to acknowledge that possibility. They can even point to this state’s campaign financing program for appellate court races being held up ...

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Map-drawers might want to review ruling

RALEIGH — Anyone with kids tries to drill into them that their actions carry consequences, sometimes far into the future. The same may apply to North Carolina legislators as they begin redrawing the legislative and congressional district lines that determine ...

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A green light to tax dodges

RALEIGH — In the waning days of the legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers may give a big tax break to large, multistate corporations that do business in the state. Not that legislators will say that’s what they are doing. They’ll ...

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