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Editorials

April 30, 2017

A panel of state trial court judges sided with Gov. Roy Cooper again in his fight with Repub­li­can law­mak­ers over their con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to limit his power over the N.C. State Board of Elec­tions.

The judges put a tem­po­rary hold on a law set to…

April 27, 2017

Rural North Carolina is finally getting some economic attention from the N.C. General Assembly.

A bill approved this week by the N.C. Senate Finance Committee would direct incentives money from the Job Development Investment Grant to poorer counties across the state.

The bill, authored by N.C.…

April 23, 2017

An audit report released Friday by the N.C. State Board of Elections certainly puts the issue of voter fraud in North Carolina into perspective.

An investigation into the 2016 election found that 508 people who weren’t eligible to vote cast ballots last November, a small fraction of the 4.8…

April 14, 2017

On a national scale, Hurricane Matthew doesn't prompt quite the response as historic storms like Sandy, Katrina and Andrew. But to North Carolina residents, Matthew was every bit as catastrophic. Even now — six months after the hurricane made landfall — hundreds of people are still…

April 13, 2017

North Carolina law­mak­ers con­tinue to look for ways to poke holes in a pub­lic no­tice law that has served read­ers and lo­cal gov­ern­ments well for decades.

The N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly in re­cent years has drafted leg­is­la­tion that…

April 09, 2017

House Republicans last week rushed through legislation that rewrites a law struck down in court as unconstitutional to merge the state ethics and elections boards into a single panel.

The new bill leaves in place an eight-member panel with membership equally divided by the two parties, but the…

April 06, 2017

There is new hope on the horizon for fairer elections in North Carolina. Its name is House Bill 200.

The legislation introduced in March by a bipartisan group of representatives would take redistricting authority out of the hands of the members of the N.C. General Assembly and delegate the task to…

April 05, 2017

Lighten up, Edgecombe County.

No ... not in terms of mood or taking matters too seriously. Around the waistline.

North Carolina’s most recent health care report card shows Edgecombe County continuing to head in the wrong direction. The county’s overall health report ranked 87th among…

April 02, 2017

A gi­ant sigh of re­lief could be heard across the state on Thurs­day af­ter the N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved leg­is­la­tion re­peal­ing House Bill 2 and Gov. Roy Cooper signed it into law.

As the gov­er­nor was quick to point out, it is…

March 26, 2017

Not long af­ter the 115th Congress con­vened in Jan­uary, U.S. Sen. Thom Til­lis, R-N.C., is­sued a warn­ing to his GOP col­leagues in an opin­ion col­umn re­leased to the me­dia.

In it, he stated that de­spite claims he had heard from some of his…

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