There is a debate within North Carolina Republican Party circles on whether to stick with the February date for presidential primaries or to move it back to March 1, which would comply with party rules.
A Republican-controlled UNC board committee’s recommendation to abolish the UNC-Chapel Hill Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, headed by Gene Nichol, can be seen as another episode in a long history of fights in NC over academic freedom.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr's re-election prospects next year could depend on how well his party's presidential ticket fares in North Carolina. The state has a pattern of electing senators and presidents from same party.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory must thread a political needle in his State of the State address Wednesday night, between his instincts as a pro-business pragmatist and the GOP conservative base that dominates the legislature.
Before Raleigh sinks huge bundles of money into a light-rail system, a stronger case needs to be made, given limited resources. Instead, our bus system should be expanded and more bus shelters erected.
Efforts are underway to remember last black congressman of 19th century. White decided to not seek re-election in 1900 in the face of the second straight Democratic-led white supremacy campaign that would lead to the disenfranchisement of most black voters in North Carolina and the enactment of Jim Crow laws.
The search to replace UNC President Tom Ross, who is being forced to retire, is unlikely to assume the same importance as it did in 1930. North Carolina is a much larger, diverse state today. But the university system is still the state's crown jewels.
As North Carolina's legislature returned to Raleigh last week, it might be worth looking at the State of the State. NC is an attractive, business friendly state, with moderate taxes, but one which is still struggling with a legacy of poverty and under-funded schools.
When Republican Sen. Richard Burr becomes chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in January, it will be the first major Senate committee chairmanship held by a Tar Heel since the retirement of the late Jesse Helms. Burr’s elevation is the exception. North Carolina’s congressional delegation will have less seniority than at any time in the last 100 years.
It has been 14 years since North Carolina’s age of political giants – when Republican Sen. Jesse Helms and Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt dominated the landscape. In this century, neither party has been able to produce a Tar Heel political figure who has come close to matching Helms or Hunt in their ability to lead their party or set its agenda.
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