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September 3, 2014

Happy 80th birthday, Under the Dome

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.

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.

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