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Larry Swenberg died of ALS this spring, a few months before gunmen killed 29 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Swenberg, a retired doctor of veterinary medicine in Durham, was a gun owner … more
In a constitutional Catch-22, a divided N.C. Court of Appeals panel agrees motorists have a First Amendment right to flip the bird, but contends traffic cops can detain you for it anyway. Shawn … more
Lawmakers reversed course on a heavy-handed and unnecessary bid to ban smokable hemp last week, but they preserved a provision in the state’s 2019 farm bill that could cloak public records … more
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville last week showed extreme positions on the right and left continue to edge away from the fringes and creep toward the center. Swift … more
State lawmakers might hamstring North Carolina’s ascendant hemp farming industry because police can’t yet reliably tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The 2019 farm bill has been … more
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is expected to run for governor in 2020, has created a stir with remarks in a speech that we find both surprising and troubling. If he hopes to be governor for all North … more
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the Republican-drawn state budget last week because it does not include Medicaid expansion. Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says Medicaid expansion will not … more
Progressives predicted a hard swing to the right after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation cemented a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. So far this term, that fear hasn’t … more
It’s time to follow the Lone Star State’s lead — North Carolina needs a lemonade freedom law. On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 234 to prevent overzealous police … more
Alumni of the University of North Carolina system are in a better position than most people to judge how good a job the system’s 16 schools are doing. That doesn’t mean others don’t have … more
There will never be another generation quite like the Greatest Generation, but there are ways all of our current generations can be better. We can start by learning the lessons that were taught on … more
Justice came four decades too late, but it finally arrived under overcast skies May 23 in rural Greene County. Charles Ray Finch, a Wilson native who was railroaded through the court system and … more
Spurred by a public health scare, Congress is considering a big-government power grab to save young adults from themselves. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is reintroducing legislation to raise the … more
The notion of arming public school teachers has come around again, from some of the usual suspects in the General Assembly. This idea was floated last year but got nowhere, even when Republicans … more
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