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    In NC court races, voters barely know names

    On Nov. 4, NC residents will elect four justices – a majority of our state’s Supreme Court, the top tier of a co-equal branch of government. We depend on the Supreme Court to interpret our laws, to resolve our disputes and to determine the liberty or incarceration of those charged ...

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    Why Latinos can’t sit out this NC election

    The upcoming elections will determine representation for every issue that affects Latinos in North Carolina. Approximately 49 percent of Hispanics in North Carolina are foreign-born, which means that issues related to immigration are important.

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    From US perspective, Juncker good choice to lead EU

    A Juncker presidency will be good for US-European relations because Juncker brings unprecedented competency to govern the EU and its relations to its trading partners, a strong leadership style and Atlanticist credentials nurtured in his home country, Luxembourg.

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    In rural North Carolina, rough economic realities

    Rural North Carolina faces profound changes brought on by long-term economic trends and more recent policy decisions by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory. Regardless of whether one believes the policy changes are prudent or just civic vandalism, a new way forward must be found.

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    What’s missing in NC jobless rate calculations are 300,000 workers

    When praising a drop in North Carolina’s jobless rate, Gov. Pat McCrory ignores the 300,000 working-age adults who have dropped out of the labor force since 2010. If we recognize that these are productive residents who have temporarily stopped looking for work, our unemployment rate is a ...

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    Three ways to increase voter turnout in North Carolina

    Fewer than half the state’s registered voters are likely to participate in the local-heavy Nov. 4 mid-term elections. We have the greatest democracy in the world, but we can’t say our elections are fully free, fair and accessible when entire communities clearly don’t find them...

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    Calling all NC veterans to get out and vote

    Rarely is an election so important for our veteran community. The Department of Veterans Affairs has faded from the headlines after a summer of revelations regarding secret wait lists, months-long waits for doctor’s appointments and veterans dying while waiting for care.

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    Krauthammer: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander to his own government

    Obama’s shows of calculated outrage – and thus distance – are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government. Obama seems to enjoy the monarchial parts, but when it comes to the actual business of running...

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    Ebola and its many American fear factors

    Critics point out that many Americans are behaving hysterically, all out of proportion to the scientific risks of Ebola. But they misunderstand what’s going on here. Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited...

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    When NC testing turns learners with disabilities into liabilities

    Our newest education reform to test kids and rank them by their proficiency scores is leaving some of our students behind. It becomes especially troublesome when it comes to students with specific learning disabilities. When we constantly remind everyone how “low performing” a group...

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