Op Ed

January 19, 2017

The separation of powers principle shouldn't be so vexing to state leaders.

It was, after all, clearly explained in middle school civics class. The legislature writes the laws. The executive implements the laws. The judiciary applies the laws when there are disputes between parties, either civil or…

January 18, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump's threats against American companies looking to relocate in foreign countries have won favorable review from many quarters. Support comes from those alarmed about trade deficits, those who want a "level playing field" and those who call for "free trade but fair trade,"…

January 17, 2017

In the new Republican-dominated Washington, D.C., the state of North Carolina will have one of its most influential congressional delegations in recent memory.

The Tar Heel delegation is heavily Republican, 12 of 15, very conservative, many with Tea Party connections and heavy on the testosterone,…

January 16, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin used one of the oldest saws in politics to lay out an imperative for the coming Trump era. "It cannot be business as usual," Cardin said.

He was talking primarily about Russia, but his statement stands on its own. Under the 45th president, it cannot be business as usual for the…

January 15, 2017

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, one of King's quotes is particularly relevant to the battle over the Affordable Care Act in Congress. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism," King said, "or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.…


January 15, 2017

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

Presidents-elect usually lie low…

January 15, 2017

Let me say this with as much tact and respect as I can muster: If you truly believe that the level of democracy in North Carolina is in any way comparable to the level of democracy in Cuba, then you are either an ignoramus, an unrepentant communist or a college professor.

An ignoramus…

January 15, 2017

Believe it or not, we’re not really going to have to spend the next four years wading through wonky drudgery of Russian spy dossiers and hotel sex cameras. At some point we’re going to have a thrilling debate over the most scintillating question in health care policy.

The Republicans…


January 14, 2017

We have just witnessed one of the most divisive election campaigns in history, one that saw partisans on all sides spinning narratives to best benefit their candidates and positions. It is both amusing and somewhat amazing how two people, viewing the same facts or events, can come up with totally…

January 13, 2017

The election of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper should surprise no one.

During the past 100 years, no state in the continental United States has elected more Democratic chief executives or fewer Republican governors than North Carolina.

North Carolina has elected three GOP governors during the past…

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