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In one of the more bizarre bits of lawmaking thus far in the 2013 General Assembly, Republicans in the state Senate try to opt North Carolina out of the federal health care reform law. The problem is, they can't. But in making the attempt, they could put benefits for hundreds of thousands of people in limbo. In what way is this serving the public?

Modified: 02/07/13 12:44:40 PM

The state House passes an unnecessary bill cut to unemployment payments and reduce the length of coverage, at a time when tens of thousands of North Carolinians need help. It's outrageous, and ideological.

Modified: 02/05/13 10:02:55 PM

Comment:  Democratic leaders such as Govs. Bev Perdue and Mike Easley, Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney either refused to read the state's balance sheets or were simply asleep at the wheel during their time in office. The problems they left behind in the unemployment insurance and Medicaid programs aren't the result of the recession. They're based in systematic neglect.

Modified: 02/05/13 10:02:12 PM

When stories like Michael McAdoo's burst into public view, the athlete is almost always cast as the villain, a cheater gaming the academy. But, in the case of UNC-Chapel Hill, McAdoo was the true victim. The real scandal is what goes on under the rubric of "academic counseling."

Modified: 02/06/13 03:56:05 AM

Point of View:  The state should help the enterprising unemployed employ themselves. Earning a degree to land a job can take years, but entrepreneurial "boot-camps" can make a difference in months for people determined to take their economic futures into their own hands.

Modified: 02/05/13 10:02:12 PM

More than 68,000 metric tons of nuclear waste have accumulated next to U.S. reactors, which weren't designed for long-term storage, and that figure is increasing by about 2,000 metric tons every year. Even decommissioned nuclear facilities require gates and guards to protect the waste, a ridiculous misuse of land and money.

Modified: 02/05/13 10:02:12 PM

Editorial:  Two former Republican legislators are coming back as lobbyists less than a year after leaving office. A longer cooling-off period is needed.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:01:48 AM
Database: Find out who is lobbying the General Assembly

Editorial:  Wake school board member Debra Goldman's departure from the group to take a job with a nonprofit in Wilkes County in the Western part of the state was itself a little interesting, which follows the pattern of Goldman's service on the board.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:02:12 AM

Point of View:  Allowing the North Carolina government to decide what jobs the market should provide and how people should be trained to do those jobs makes government the dictator.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:02:58 AM

Commentary:  Gerrymandering is not hard. The core technique is to jam voters likely to favor your opponents into a few throwaway districts where the other side will win lopsided victories, a strategy known as "packing." Arrange other boundaries to win close victories, "cracking" opposition groups into many districts. North Carolina's districts take the prize.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:03:53 AM

Robinson:  The NRA is powerful but not omnipotent. Polls show that Americans favor sensible gun control; if President Obama and other proponents of sanity keep the issue alive, we can achieve it. From sea to shining sea.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:06:30 AM

Commentary:  The economy may or may not wind up in a technical recession, but the Obama economy never really made a recovery. Endemic low growth and high unemployment now define the U.S. economy - unless we chart another course.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:04:37 AM

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