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Getting the upper hand

RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue and the new Republican legislative majority are about to learn a lot about each other. More importantly, governor and legislators may learn some about how the voting public sees the relationship and when and where ...

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As tuition shoots up, high salaries ignored

RALEIGH — Each time they raise tuition, University of North Carolina officials talk about low tuition being a priority. Then they talk about avoiding damage to the state’s 16 public universities as they face more budget cutting. They don’t talk ...

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Time for a road trip

RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators need to take a road trip, going east on Interstate 40 for about 30 miles and then heading south on Interstate 95 for another 35 miles or so to Fayetteville. After tooling around for a ...

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Republicans push school choice

RALEIGH — With control of the legislature, Republicans have already made clear that they’ll leave their mark on North Carolina public schools and public education. Just how big a mark, and whether the changes they seek will prove more positive ...

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The honeymoon comes to an end

RALEIGH — Inevitably, all that lovey-doviness came to an end. It didn’t take long. A few days ago, Gov. Beverly Perdue and Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly were all smiles and platitudes. Both sides spoke of working ...

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A promise and a reckoning

RALEIGH — Thom Tillis said the campaign promise was a good thing. The new speaker of the North Carolina House, just elected to the post by his House peers a couple of hours earlier, said Republicans couldn’t and shouldn’t back ...

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Perdue takes a pass

RALEIGH — In the end, Gov. Beverly Perdue decided it was too risky. For months, the Perdue administration had been studying privatizing North Carolina’s government-controlled system of liquor sales. But after all that calculating and consulting, Perdue announced that she ...

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