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Ever since that episode in Eden's garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures
Ever since that episode in Eden's garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures
 
Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party
Precisely four times in modern North Carolina history, voters have elected a new governor or lieutenant governor of one party and legislative majorities of the other party
 
As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic
As recent controversies in North Carolina and elsewhere have established, political debate is only partially about facts, principles, and logic
 
The election night tally back in 1988 showed that Jim Martin was the first Republican to win re-election as governor of North Carolina in the 20th century
The election night tally back in 1988 showed that Jim Martin was the first Republican to win re-election as governor of North Carolina in the 20th century
 
In 1984, Jim Martin and Rufus Edmisten were opponents in our state’s gubernatorial election. As with any statewide election, it was a hard fought contest, but one that can provide lessons for today.
In 1984, Jim Martin and Rufus Edmisten were opponents in our state’s gubernatorial election. As with any statewide election, it was a hard fought contest, but one that can provide lessons for today.
 
Party disunity can be fatal for political campaigns in competitive races. Just ask former governor Rufus Edmisten.
Party disunity can be fatal for political campaigns in competitive races. Just ask former governor Rufus Edmisten.
 
Republicans' recent success in North Carolina politics can be traced in many ways to the example set by Jim Martin. That's one of the key themes of a new biography focusing on the state's only two-term GOP governor of the 20th century.
Republicans' recent success in North Carolina politics can be traced in many ways to the example set by Jim Martin. That's one of the key themes of a new biography focusing on the state's only two-term GOP governor of the 20th century.
 
Think politics has taken a nasty turn? You're certainly not alone. Too many politicians and activists resort too often to personal insults and the character assassination of their adversaries rather than crafting, articulating, and defending a substantive agenda for addressing difficult issues...
Think politics has taken a nasty turn? You're certainly not alone. Too many politicians and activists resort too often to personal insults and the character assassination of their adversaries rather than crafting, articulating, and defending a substantive agenda for addressing difficult issues...
 
The N&O issued a tearful goodbye this morning to the "education judge." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! (The what?):
The N&O issued a tearful goodbye this morning to the "education judge." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! (The what?):
 
I never thought I’d see the Democrat Party actually be able to get to the right of Republicans on taxes.
 
Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement following the unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel which upheld the Governor's challenge involving the use of commissions to perform regulatory responsibilities assigned to the Executive Branch.
Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement following the unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel which upheld the Governor's challenge involving the use of commissions to perform regulatory responsibilities assigned to the Executive Branch.
 
There must be something in the water in the Triangle. Those folks keep finding the wussiest left-wing girlie-men possible - cloning them - and electing them to public office. Think Homer Simpson's neighbor Flanders.
There must be something in the water in the Triangle. Those folks keep finding the wussiest left-wing girlie-men possible - cloning them - and electing them to public office. Think Homer Simpson's neighbor Flanders.
 
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
 
Penny Slade-Sawyer, Jim Martin, and Dr. Jean-Marie Maillard discuss various health issues in three separate videos.
Penny Slade-Sawyer, Jim Martin, and Dr. Jean-Marie Maillard discuss various health issues in three separate videos.
 
A move is afoot on Jones Street to consolidate state law enforcement in the executive branch.
A move is afoot on Jones Street to consolidate state law enforcement in the executive branch.
 
Because I enjoy watching and analyzing legislative politics, it pains me to say this: for the 2014 election cycle in North Carolina, the most competitive and fateful races will be found at the top and bottom of the ballot — not in state house and senate contests, which probably aren't going...
Because I enjoy watching and analyzing legislative politics, it pains me to say this: for the 2014 election cycle in North Carolina, the most competitive and fateful races will be found at the top and bottom of the ballot — not in state house and senate contests, which probably aren't going...
 
"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again," wrote the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes. "There is nothing new under the sun." More than two millennia later, Karl Marx, wrote that history repeated itself "the first time as tragedy, the second as farce."
"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again," wrote the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes. "There is nothing new under the sun." More than two millennia later, Karl Marx, wrote that history repeated itself "the first time as tragedy, the second as farce."
 
If North Carolina Democrats were to gain some legislative seats this year, state and national pundits would probably spill gobs of ink - or at least fill gobs of pixels  -  with elaborate explanations of how the party began to recover its footing in a state it once dominated.
If North Carolina Democrats were to gain some legislative seats this year, state and national pundits would probably spill gobs of ink - or at least fill gobs of pixels  -  with elaborate explanations of how the party began to recover its footing in a state it once dominated.
 
Tonight, the think tank that publishes Carolina Journal, the John Locke Foundation, will be celebrating its 24th anniversary with a banquet in Raleigh featuring "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
Tonight, the think tank that publishes Carolina Journal, the John Locke Foundation, will be celebrating its 24th anniversary with a banquet in Raleigh featuring "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
 
At the precise moment I heard that longtime Republican strategist Jack Hawke had finally lost his battle with cancer, I was editing a book chapter about the 1984 race for North Carolina's governor. It was a pivotal campaign in the state's political history, as the Democratic Party fractured and...
At the precise moment I heard that longtime Republican strategist Jack Hawke had finally lost his battle with cancer, I was editing a book chapter about the 1984 race for North Carolina's governor. It was a pivotal campaign in the state's political history, as the Democratic Party fractured and...
 
If you said that you found the current political climate in Raleigh and Washington to be frustrating, dispiriting, and often juvenile, I'd second that emotion. But if you said it was unprecedented, I'd have to disagree  -  politely, of course!
If you said that you found the current political climate in Raleigh and Washington to be frustrating, dispiriting, and often juvenile, I'd second that emotion. But if you said it was unprecedented, I'd have to disagree  -  politely, of course!
 
Governor Pat McCrory and the Commerce Department's Division of Workforce Solutions are participating in a Stand Down event in Durham today to help homeless veterans find employment and obtain needed medical, dental, and other services.
Governor Pat McCrory and the Commerce Department's Division of Workforce Solutions are participating in a Stand Down event in Durham today to help homeless veterans find employment and obtain needed medical, dental, and other services.
 
This summer I took calls from dozens of reporters across the country. A couple of questions were repeated time and again: How could North Carolina Republicans have moved so far to the right? How have the state's politics polarized so much when the Democratic Party barely has budged from its...
This summer I took calls from dozens of reporters across the country. A couple of questions were repeated time and again: How could North Carolina Republicans have moved so far to the right? How have the state's politics polarized so much when the Democratic Party barely has budged from its...
 
In researching my upcoming biography of former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin, I've been conducting personal interviews, rooting through boxes of archival material, and collecting press coverage of Martin's 26-year political career as a county commissioner, congressman, and governor.
In researching my upcoming biography of former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin, I've been conducting personal interviews, rooting through boxes of archival material, and collecting press coverage of Martin's 26-year political career as a county commissioner, congressman, and governor.
 
A few weeks ago, I was interviewing one of North Carolina's senior Democratic statesmen for my upcoming biography of former Gov. Jim Martin. Not surprisingly, the interview occasionally veered from the political events of 20 years ago to the political events of 2013.
A few weeks ago, I was interviewing one of North Carolina's senior Democratic statesmen for my upcoming biography of former Gov. Jim Martin. Not surprisingly, the interview occasionally veered from the political events of 20 years ago to the political events of 2013.
 
It's been fun watching all of the sputtering and posturing about the strategy memo reportedly circulated by the leadership of a lefty group calling itself BluePrintNC.
It's been fun watching all of the sputtering and posturing about the strategy memo reportedly circulated by the leadership of a lefty group calling itself BluePrintNC.
 
ormer Governor and emeritus Davidson College chemistry professor Jim Martin has issued his report on the investigation of crip courses at UNC-CH. It was essentially an exoneration of the Big Shots in the UNC system and the system itself.
ormer Governor and emeritus Davidson College chemistry professor Jim Martin has issued his report on the investigation of crip courses at UNC-CH. It was essentially an exoneration of the Big Shots in the UNC system and the system itself.
 
With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state's approach t
With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state's approach t
 
Today, Governor-Elect Pat McCrory announced the following members of his transition team.
Today, Governor-Elect Pat McCrory announced the following members of his transition team.
 
Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory sparred Wednesday night in the final debate of the 2012 race for North Carolina governor. While the event contained some interesting exchanges, I doubt it changed the trajectory of the contest.
Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory sparred Wednesday night in the final debate of the 2012 race for North Carolina governor. While the event contained some interesting exchanges, I doubt it changed the trajectory of the contest.
 
Today's political lexicon identifies states that vote Republican as red states, while states voting Democratic are blue. Until recently North Carolina was undeniably blue but a current description might color us purple, the result from mixing the two colors together.
Today's political lexicon identifies states that vote Republican as red states, while states voting Democratic are blue. Until recently North Carolina was undeniably blue but a current description might color us purple, the result from mixing the two colors together.
 
It would be nice to have someone with a (R) next to their name residing in that big pretty house on Blount Street. But what if that person with the (R) next to their name is not really all that big of a fan of limited government?
It would be nice to have someone with a (R) next to their name residing in that big pretty house on Blount Street. But what if that person with the (R) next to their name is not really all that big of a fan of limited government?
 
No matter what happens in the gubernatorial election this year, a political string will be broken - our governor will no longer hail from Eastern North Carolina.
No matter what happens in the gubernatorial election this year, a political string will be broken - our governor will no longer hail from Eastern North Carolina.
 
In my forthcoming book on North Carolina's economy, Our Best Foot Forward, I discuss at length the role that transportation has played in the state's economic history.
In my forthcoming book on North Carolina's economy, Our Best Foot Forward, I discuss at length the role that transportation has played in the state's economic history.
 
Donna Ree Alligood was held on a $15,000 secured bond.
 
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