October 18, 2017

Student journalists at Evanston Township High School in Illinois explored a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use. Instead of praise for covering state politics, their efforts earned heavy-handed administrative censorship.

School officials confiscated The Evanstonian student newspaper’s…


October 17, 2017

Sen. Thom Tillis so desperately wants to make North Carolina a red state he’s taken to wearing rose-tinted glasses.

Tillis, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, discusses tax cuts he helped ram through the General Assembly while he served as House speaker.

Readers perusing the piece could…


October 16, 2017

North Carolina’s system of selecting trial judges needs to be reformed, but not in the way some legislators want.

The state has two parallel trial-court systems, Superior Court and District Court. Superior Court handles almost all felonies, major civil cases ($10,000 or more), probate and the…


October 15, 2017

Here we have arrived at one of the first pivotal moments for all you change-makers out there — the first election since the divisive 2016 campaign that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.

We know it’s a nonpartisan, municipal election, but as poll workers gear up for the start of…


October 14, 2017

Score another victory for accountability. A settlement announced last week ensures that the public won’t be required to pay big costs to inspect our state’s departmental documents — for now, at least.

The Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit that fights for clean water, wanted to…

October 14, 2017

Laurels — To a program that is helping children and police become PALs. The Police Athletic League showcased its program this week at Eppes and South Greenville Recreation Centers. Students have snacks and do homework before they hit the gymnasium or head outdoors to take part…


October 13, 2017

It has been a week since Las Vegas police stormed Stephen Paddock’s hotel room at Mandalay Bay, finding him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and surrounded by a personal arsenal of modified rifles. And in that time, we’ve learned quite a bit about him.

We know he was 64, had a…

Fake News-Not Going Away

October 12, 2017

Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, says "the vast majority" of Senate Republicans understand the "volatility" of President Donald Trump "and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road."

If that is so — and Corker seems…

Trump Republicans Backlash-1

October 11, 2017

Businesses whose survival depends on adapting to market conditions are more innovative, more nimble — and thus more effective — than government when it comes to delivering consumer services. That conservative canon was a permanent plank in the North Carolina Republican Party…


October 10, 2017

Lost in the debate over how best to insure Americans against the high cost of health care has been the question of how to bring that cost down. That's a shame, because keeping the cost of medical treatment from rising so fast is just as important as providing access to it.

Promising efforts to get…

Health Overhaul GOP Plan
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