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Syrian refugees were the topic of emotional debate in North Carolina and other states last week. Political figures, from the governor down to lower-office holders, called for putting the brakes on Syrian resettlement here until citizens can be assured that terrorists won’t slip in among them.
A reminder that so-called “dark money” doesn’t benefit only Republicans, who tend to favor looser campaign finance laws as free speech, but also Democrats, who tend to oppose it as speech bought by those who can afford it.
Jimmy Broughton, Gov. McCrory's deputy chief of staff, speaks about the state's Syrian refugee policy during the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, NC on Nov. 18, 2015.
While being questioned by Rep. Larry Hall, Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry tells legislators that he had heard Charlotte developer Graeme Keith Sr. say on four occasions that he wanted something in return for his political donations.