Republican Congressman Walter Jones of Eastern North Carolina, a Democrat who switched parties, is beholden to no political party, no establishment, and no special interests. He is now in hospice care.
For 45 years, N&O columnist Rob Christensen has covered politicians for The News & Observer. He has covered every governor since Terry Sanford and every senator since Sam Ervin. This is his last column.
Five former governors helped convince voters to reject constitutional amendments on the elections board and judicial vacancies that would have cut the power of Roy Cooper and future North Carolina governors.
Duke University’s history professors are among those who want to remove Julian Carr’s name from a university building because he was a white supremacist. Carr also saved Trinity College, as Duke was once known, from financial ruin and moved it to Durham.
A study sheds light on the North Carolina economy during a period former Governor Pat McCrory hailed as “the Carolina Comeback,” amid tax cuts that Senator Thom Tillis has said should be a model for the nation.