The Editors' Blog
Posted by Dan Barkin on September 22, 2014
The independence referendum in Scotland was a remarkable exercise in voter engagement. Nearly 85 percent of registered voters went to the polls, more than 90 percent in some places.
That got me to thinking. We do an OK job getting to the polls in November of presidential election years, but not so good other times.
Five years ago, there were important school board elections in Wake County. The results flipped the board from Democratic-controlled to Republican majority. The turnout in October 2009 was about 11 percent of registered voters in Wake County. That left the board tied. The tie was broken in a district runoff won by the Republican. So a very small percentage of the electorate put in power a new board majority that made substantial changes to the way one of the largest school systems in the nation was run. Some folks didn't like that, including many who didn't vote.
Posted by Dan Barkin on August 21, 2014
Most business people wouldn't be keen about getting up in front of a anti-fracking crowd in a bright orange pro-drilling t-shirt. Not Algenon Cash.
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 27, 2014
A dozen years from now, oil companies might be drilling off the East Coast, including off the coast of North Carolina. An entire industrial sector supporting the drilling may be springing up from Charleston to Morehead City to Norfolk.
Posted by Steve Riley on July 4, 2014
Coming this weekend: The News & Observer takes aim at the vexing questions surrounding North Carolina's Medicaid program. The series, "Critical Condition," will puncture some myths and dig deep on NC Medicaid problems.
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 2, 2014
I pulled into town here to work at this newspaper 18 years ago this month. My first day of work was on Monday, July 15, 1996. Three days earlier, a hurricane named Bertha had walloped the coast and counties inland.