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July 27, 2016

Sometimes the worst corruption doesn’t happen when laws are broken, but when they are made. 

Case in point: Court of Appeals races are supposed to be nonpartisan, in that parties don’t nominate judges. But legislation, passed along party lines by the Republican majority in the…


Varner stands tall in McPhaul's memory

July 27, 2016

East Carolina men’s golf coach Press McPhaul remembers several things about his first recruiting trip to watch Harold Varner III play.

The tempo of Varner’s swing stood out, but so did some obvious flaws in how the Gastonia native hit the ball. McPhaul, who stands several inches north…


Enough of officers being killed for wearing a badge

July 26, 2016

Only a few hours had passed since police-involved shootings of armed suspects in Louisiana and Minnesota before social media lit up with calls to kill and murder law enforcement officers.

Elected officials like Governor Mark B. Dayton (D) of Minnesota were quick to judge the tragedy as motivated by…


One signature away from a very harmful law

July 26, 2016

The N.C. General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 1080 accomplished a major step toward its goal of privatizing education. The bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk amid an outcry from educators and local school boards. McCrory should not sign this bill.

When considering how they want…