On Jesse Helms and The Donald – in familiar territory

Shortly after Jorge Ramos, an anchor from Univision, was tossed the other day from a news conference held by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, a former political operative sent me a video reminding me that Trump was not the first candidate to see the heave-ho of a newsman.

The case for a full-time legislature in North Carolina

David McLennan: House and Senate members need more time to fully deliberate public policy issues. Tax reform and mental health reform don’t get done because these policy issues are difficult to do in the midst of regular legislative business and the desire to keep sessions short.

This week's circulars

Jessica McCarthy, co-owner of The Humble Pig food truck, speaks about the Raleigh City Council's decision to allow food trucks to continue operating in certain areas they would have been kicked out of under development zones proposed as part of the city’s remapping effort. John Pugh of House of Swank and Alex Johnson of Generation Opportunity NC stand by her side. Video by Andy Specht/aspecht@newsobserver.com