The News & Observer has published Under the Dome continually since September 3, 1934. Here’s an excerpt from Rob Christensen’s recap of the N&O’s place in politics:
The News and Observer, as the major state capital paper, has long made political and government coverage its meat and potatoes. For most of its history, Raleigh was a company town, and the business was government - and education.
For decades, The News and Observer was one of the few newspapers in the country - maybe the only one - that ran a front-page daily political gossip column, called Under the Dome. The column, a regular feature since 1934, is now run inside the local section and on the Web.
One of the first Dome items featured an account of a conversation between two waitresses - one with "drug store red hair" - about whether lobbyists or legislators give better tips. As one wag wrote a couple of years ago, the item reads like Raymond Chandler guest-blogging on Wonkette. The N&O Aug. 12, 2012
The column originally ran on the back page of the paper and later moved to the front.