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North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior.
North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior.
 
Politics is hyper partisan. Government is dysfunctional. People have lost faith that elected officials work for the common good.
Politics is hyper partisan. Government is dysfunctional. People have lost faith that elected officials work for the common good.
 
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was short lived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan.
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was short lived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan.
 
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
 
A recent News & Observer editorial on redistricting claimed that “the numbers (of districts likely to be won by either Republicans or Democrats) are irrelevant if the redistricting process remains — as it has — purely partisan.”
A recent News & Observer editorial on redistricting claimed that “the numbers (of districts likely to be won by either Republicans or Democrats) are irrelevant if the redistricting process remains — as it has — purely partisan.”
 
Up-and-coming New York Republican lawmaker called a spade a spade on Sunday, as she did throughout the hearings
Up-and-coming New York Republican lawmaker called a spade a spade on Sunday, as she did throughout the hearings
 
Whatever the three-judge Superior Court panel decides about  Common Cause v. Lewis, a challenge to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s legislative districts, is relevant only if the plaintiffs win.
Whatever the three-judge Superior Court panel decides about  Common Cause v. Lewis, a challenge to the constitutionality of North Carolina’s legislative districts, is relevant only if the plaintiffs win.
 
Citing Gov. Roy Cooper's own words about government "balance," a leading N.C. senator is calling on the governor to elevate a Republican to serve as the next chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court
Citing Gov. Roy Cooper's own words about government "balance," a leading N.C. senator is calling on the governor to elevate a Republican to serve as the next chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court
 
Much recent political commentary about North Carolina's Supreme Court focuses on the 5-2 majority that Democrats will gain in January
Much recent political commentary about North Carolina's Supreme Court focuses on the 5-2 majority that Democrats will gain in January
 
How should we respond to the urban-rural divide? The question has legions of politicians, scholars, journalists, and businesses scrambling for answers
How should we respond to the urban-rural divide? The question has legions of politicians, scholars, journalists, and businesses scrambling for answers
 
I'm only half joking when I argue that a true sports fan loathes his archrival more than he loves his own team
I'm only half joking when I argue that a true sports fan loathes his archrival more than he loves his own team
 
Has politics become polarized? Even if you and I agree on little else, I'll bet we agree that the answer is clearly yes
Has politics become polarized? Even if you and I agree on little else, I'll bet we agree that the answer is clearly yes
 
Critics have devised reasonable arguments against each of the six constitutional amendments on North Carolina’s election ballot. But outlandish claims about the amendments threaten to drown out serious messages that might sway undecided voters
Critics have devised reasonable arguments against each of the six constitutional amendments on North Carolina’s election ballot. But outlandish claims about the amendments threaten to drown out serious messages that might sway undecided voters
 
If you read my column, or anyone else's work, because you already expect to agree with the opinions expressed and want to feel reaffirmed, I get it. If you agree and hope you'll gain more "rhetorical ammunition" with which to argue your case, I get that even more
If you read my column, or anyone else's work, because you already expect to agree with the opinions expressed and want to feel reaffirmed, I get it. If you agree and hope you'll gain more "rhetorical ammunition" with which to argue your case, I get that even more
 
As legal battles continue over North Carolina's election maps, one recent development deserves special recognition: A state three-judge panel has chosen to distinguish the legal process from partisan gamesmanship
As legal battles continue over North Carolina's election maps, one recent development deserves special recognition: A state three-judge panel has chosen to distinguish the legal process from partisan gamesmanship
 
A new Civitas poll of North Carolina likely voters reveals how voters feel about local and national issues, including school choice, the Confederate monument controversy, and partisan politics
A new Civitas poll of North Carolina likely voters reveals how voters feel about local and national issues, including school choice, the Confederate monument controversy, and partisan politics
 
Republicans consistently support issues vital to business and industry, while Democrats’ actions show lower enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, a survey of General Assembly members concluded
Republicans consistently support issues vital to business and industry, while Democrats’ actions show lower enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, a survey of General Assembly members concluded
 
The N.C. Supreme Court handed down twice as many 4-3 decisions Friday as it had during the rest of the year
The N.C. Supreme Court handed down twice as many 4-3 decisions Friday as it had during the rest of the year
 
In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the first time
In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the first time
 
Legislative redistricting reform proponents on the Left have become more vocal since Republicans took control of the legislature in 2010
Legislative redistricting reform proponents on the Left have become more vocal since Republicans took control of the legislature in 2010
 
When Republicans were in the minority in North Carolina's political power structure they frequently complained that Democrats were like a broken record.
When Republicans were in the minority in North Carolina's political power structure they frequently complained that Democrats were like a broken record.
 
Divided government has its benefits. North Carolina voters and taxpayers are seeing some of those benefits on display now on Jones Street in Raleigh
Divided government has its benefits. North Carolina voters and taxpayers are seeing some of those benefits on display now on Jones Street in Raleigh
 
Whether the frame of reference is North Carolina or the nation as a whole, no one can dispute the fact that there is a partisan divide - and that it has been growing
Whether the frame of reference is North Carolina or the nation as a whole, no one can dispute the fact that there is a partisan divide - and that it has been growing
 
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
 
In a nonpartisan race that could tip the ideological balance on the state Supreme Court, Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan and sitting Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Bob Edmunds each are touting his respective experience, track record, and judicial temperament as reasons to sit
In a nonpartisan race that could tip the ideological balance on the state Supreme Court, Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan and sitting Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Bob Edmunds each are touting his respective experience, track record, and judicial temperament as reasons to sit
 
Wherever you go the overwhelming sentiment is that people can't wait until this election is over
Wherever you go the overwhelming sentiment is that people can't wait until this election is over
 
Based on recent events, and lots of recent handwringing, you might think so. You might think there was no feasible way for Republicans and Democrats to work together on matters of public concern. But your conclusion would be a hasty one.
Based on recent events, and lots of recent handwringing, you might think so. You might think there was no feasible way for Republicans and Democrats to work together on matters of public concern. But your conclusion would be a hasty one.
 
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.
 
McCrory previewed his legislative agenda in a speech at the Hunt Institute's Holshouserhmc Legislators Retreat on Monday night, though he did not provide specific policy plans.
McCrory previewed his legislative agenda in a speech at the Hunt Institute's Holshouserhmc Legislators Retreat on Monday night, though he did not provide specific policy plans.
 
2012 was the year we finally admitted that, much like a ship that sails for days one degree off course, our country and our state are lost and spiritually sick.
2012 was the year we finally admitted that, much like a ship that sails for days one degree off course, our country and our state are lost and spiritually sick.
 
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