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February 12, 2017

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration's travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries.

The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of aliens is extremely wide and statutorily clear. But even if the ban…

February 12, 2017

In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom.

How oppressive had the state become? No matter how you chose to make your living, government officials made constant demands on you.…

February 12, 2017

The 2017 General Assembly session is only a few weeks old but there’s already a compelling example of what’s wrong with the way things are being done in Raleigh and why the conventional wisdom about the legislature often misses the real story.

State lawmakers took up legislation Tuesday…


February 11, 2017

North Carolina is failing far too many children, especially those “at-risk.” Few dispute that conclusion but fewer still agree on solutions to the problem. The Emerging Issues Forum has never shied away from significant and sometimes complicated issues and this year’s event was no…


February 10, 2017

While the controversy over President Donald Trump's immigration policies has roiled the nation, immigration has a long history as part of Tar Heel politics.

North Carolina, until recent decades, had experienced little immigration compared with other states. In the 1700s there were waves of English,…


February 09, 2017

“The emotional pain that it brings you through, especially for my family, what we went through, it was something I knew I didn’t want to go through ever again,” my friend Edward Terrell Blackmon II said. These are the words of a grandson whose grandfather was taken by…


February 09, 2017

The movement that Donald Trump's presidency has inspired against him is broad, passionate, engaged and determined. Its prospects depend upon highlighting a set of principles that can unite an American majority already appalled by what Trump is doing to our country.

While almost everything in our…


February 08, 2017

There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase.

An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases. The substitution…


February 07, 2017

These are busy times for "political pretzels," the contortionists who are party diehards.

If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because administrations flipped in Raleigh, they may now disagree with a practice they supported…


February 06, 2017

The dust has now settled after a very challenging election and it is now time to do the work in Raleigh I was elected to do.

I am deeply thankful for the confidence placed in me by the District 9’s wide range of constituents, and my sworn duty is to represent everyone in the district, not…

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