Opinion

Op-Ed

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

Government has prudently become stealthy about how it becomes ever bigger. In a new Brookings Institute paper, he demonstrates that government expands by indirection, using three kinds of “administrative proxies” – state and local government, for-profit businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Op-Ed

Muslim immigrants and the politics of pride and prejudice

Donald Trump has devised executive decrees to convince Americans that this nation’s enemy, externally as well as internally, is Islam. The president’s diabolical program set out to deny fair and equal treatment of individuals by initiating a constitutional collision permitting discrimination based on religion and national origin. Since attesting to the Oath of Office, President Trump has willfully violated core constitutional principles and betrayed the public trust.

Letters to the Editor

Muirae Kenney: Tillis not listening

Regarding the Feb. 20 news article “Congress members to hard to find”: The quote from Sen. Thom Tillis on why he is dodging requests for town hall meetings with his constituents, “it has become apparent that some individuals, who are not really interested in meaningful dialogue, attend town halls just to create disruptions and media spectacles,” left me chuckling.


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Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution'

VIDEO: NC State Sen. Wesley Meredith speaks during a state Senate committee hearing on whether to subpoena Cabinet secretary Larry Hall after he failed to appear for the third time at a confirmation hearing that the Cooper administration contends violates a court order.
Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com
Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution' 1:08

Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution'

Sen. Hise: 'We have reached a point that the executive branch is challenging the constitutional authority of the general assembly' 1:12

Sen. Hise: 'We have reached a point that the executive branch is challenging the constitutional authority of the general assembly'

Cooper proposes raises for NC teachers 2:29

Cooper proposes raises for NC teachers

Cooper calls for both sides to tone down rhetoric on HB2 repeal 3:20

Cooper calls for both sides to tone down rhetoric on HB2 repeal