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More students face repeating a grade than any time in the past century, says David Stegall, deputy superintendent of innovation at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
More students face repeating a grade than any time in the past century, says David Stegall, deputy superintendent of innovation at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
 
Baseball fans learn early how to read the most important part of a box score. It’s a skill some N.C. electoral reformers have yet to master.
Baseball fans learn early how to read the most important part of a box score. It’s a skill some N.C. electoral reformers have yet to master.
 
Republicans within the N.C. Senate have elected Kathy Harrington unanimously to serve as their majority leader.
Republicans within the N.C. Senate have elected Kathy Harrington unanimously to serve as their majority leader.
 
Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools, more teachers were staying in North Carolina’s classrooms.
Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools, more teachers were staying in North Carolina’s classrooms.
 
If the Republican Party were only the party of white men, it would never win an election.
If the Republican Party were only the party of white men, it would never win an election.
 
A decade of fiscal responsibility and sustainable government could be squandered unless North Carolina taxpayers build some financial guardrails in the state constitution.
A decade of fiscal responsibility and sustainable government could be squandered unless North Carolina taxpayers build some financial guardrails in the state constitution.
 
Democratic judicial candidate Tim Gunther is disqualified from election after admitting to the Wake County Board of Elections he violated state law.
Democratic judicial candidate Tim Gunther is disqualified from election after admitting to the Wake County Board of Elections he violated state law.
 
From the end of the Civil War through much of the 20th century, North Carolina effectively was a one-party state: Democratic.
From the end of the Civil War through much of the 20th century, North Carolina effectively was a one-party state: Democratic.
 
The State Board of Elections made it official. But not without a bit of controversy.
 
When The Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.
When The Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.
 
North Carolina has an opportunity. Meaning North Carolina as a whole, but also as a sum of its complex and diverse parts.
North Carolina has an opportunity. Meaning North Carolina as a whole, but also as a sum of its complex and diverse parts.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper in a new executive order is encouraging local authorities to pursue criminal and civil penalties against businesses that fail to uphold mask and distancing requirements.
Gov. Roy Cooper in a new executive order is encouraging local authorities to pursue criminal and civil penalties against businesses that fail to uphold mask and distancing requirements.
 
The early returns are in. So far, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s election protests have flopped.
The early returns are in. So far, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s election protests have flopped.
 
The vast majority of conservatives accept that government can and should intervene in private affairs when required to protect the rights to life, liberty, and property.
The vast majority of conservatives accept that government can and should intervene in private affairs when required to protect the rights to life, liberty, and property.
 
The speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives is set to make history next year.
 
Fewer than 400 votes. That’s how much N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby leads Chief Justice Cheri Beasley as county elections boards completed their canvasses earlier this week.
Fewer than 400 votes. That’s how much N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby leads Chief Justice Cheri Beasley as county elections boards completed their canvasses earlier this week.
 
Republicans won a strategic victory on Election Day in North Carolina, claiming several formerly Democratic county commission boards and adding to the pool of candidates they’ll groom for positions in higher public offices.
Republicans won a strategic victory on Election Day in North Carolina, claiming several formerly Democratic county commission boards and adding to the pool of candidates they’ll groom for positions in higher public offices.
 
The results are in, and voters selected Republican Catherine Truitt, chancellor of Western Governors University N.C., to be North Carolina’s new superintendent of public instruction.
The results are in, and voters selected Republican Catherine Truitt, chancellor of Western Governors University N.C., to be North Carolina’s new superintendent of public instruction.
 
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t take North Carolina backward.
 
In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public.
In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public.
 
Redistricting could prove contentious in next year’s legislative session.
 
With fresh census data forcing N.C. lawmakers to draw new congressional and legislative election maps next year, we’re bound to hear calls once again for redistricting reform.
With fresh census data forcing N.C. lawmakers to draw new congressional and legislative election maps next year, we’re bound to hear calls once again for redistricting reform.
 
In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, New Vision Therapy is still fighting the opioid epidemic.
In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, New Vision Therapy is still fighting the opioid epidemic.
 
A national pandemic. New minimum wage standards. Calls for a “New Deal.”
 
As state superintendent, Catherine Truitt will oversee North Carolina’s vast public education system, which spent more than $14 billion this school year. But she won’t be doing it alone.
As state superintendent, Catherine Truitt will oversee North Carolina’s vast public education system, which spent more than $14 billion this school year. But she won’t be doing it alone.
 
Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all.
Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper moved North Carolina backward in economic reopening in another virtual news conference that shut out conservative publications.
Gov. Roy Cooper moved North Carolina backward in economic reopening in another virtual news conference that shut out conservative publications.
 
The undercounted cost of the COVID pandemic is in the lives lost to despair, addiction, suicide, and other illnesses.
The undercounted cost of the COVID pandemic is in the lives lost to despair, addiction, suicide, and other illnesses.
 
Races filling the N.C. ballot were won or lost by the thinnest of margins.
 
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has just been re-elected.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has just been re-elected.
 
More than one N.C. political battle in recent years has generated a court case titled Cooper v. Berger.
More than one N.C. political battle in recent years has generated a court case titled Cooper v. Berger.
 
Republicans can take a breath, even if their signature red is mixed with myriad shades of blue.
Republicans can take a breath, even if their signature red is mixed with myriad shades of blue.
 
In politics, at some point, you have to have ideas that appeal to the voting public.
 
A federal judge noted his “serious concerns” about the N.C. state elections board in an order issued Friday, Oct. 30.
A federal judge noted his “serious concerns” about the N.C. state elections board in an order issued Friday, Oct. 30.
 
One might think an election ends when the last ballot is counted.
 
The races for seats on the N.C. Council of State were as close as polls predicted. They defined what pollsters call toss-ups, all teetering close to the margin of error.
The races for seats on the N.C. Council of State were as close as polls predicted. They defined what pollsters call toss-ups, all teetering close to the margin of error.
 
As Tears for Fears sang in the 1980s, everybody wants their taxes lower.
 
Republicans celebrated wins in North Carolina while remaining focused on future priorities, especially redistricting, school choice, and economic revival.
Republicans celebrated wins in North Carolina while remaining focused on future priorities, especially redistricting, school choice, and economic revival.
 
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