Editorials

Fussing, feuding CACs

Citizens Advisory Councils can be a valuable asset in debates over development and other neighborhood issues, but they must include all those who wish to be heard and leadership should rotate.

Jim Jenkins

The perils for ‘Independent Pat’

Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.

Op-Ed

How Indiana furor is poisoning well for religious freedom

Charles Haynes: The Indiana debate has been so misleading, vindictive and divisive that any rational discussion of how we can uphold both nondiscrimination and religious freedom may no longer be possible. Here’s the tragic irony: As Pence belatedly admitted at his news conference, the Indiana RFRA is very unlikely to protect religious claims in the way many proponents promise – and thus equally unlikely to bring about the wave of anti-gay discrimination that many opponents fear.

Op-Ed

A clear need for a clean power plan in North Carolina

Molly Diggins and Harvey Richmond: Instead of keeping momentum going in transitioning to a cleaner, greener energy economy, the McCrory administration is outright opposing an EPA plan to curb carbon pollution. While other states have created stakeholder processes to get broad input on how to craft their Clean Power Plans, McCrory has been silent about how North Carolina might meet the proposed reductions in carbon emissions.

Op-Ed

Credit Tillis, Burr for backing rights of gay spouses

North Carolina’s two U.S. senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, cast a vote last week that might have surprised many observers. They were among 11 Republicans who joined Democrats in a 57-43 vote to support Social Security and veterans benefits for same-sex partners. The measure is a nonbinding budget amendment, but the message is still clear.

Blogs & Columns

Jim Jenkins

The perils for ‘Independent Pat’

Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.

The Opinion Shop

NCSU chancellor Woodson on Hofmann Forest, endowment, UNC system presidency

NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson met with editorial and newsroom folk this week to talk about wide-ranging topics, including the new Hofmann Forest plan, the school’s endowment nearing $1 billion and the difficulty of retaining faculty when there’s been virtually no pay raise in six years. He also talked about rumors that he is being mentioned as a possible candidate for UNC system president.

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