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Political ads are always terrible and terribly irritating as they run almost nonstop on the TV screens, but they are even more annoying when you have already voted. I have not only voted, but … more
Psalm 138:3 (ESV) “On the day I called, You answered me; my strength of soul You increased.” Don’t you hate it when you call someone and they don’t answer? After a few rings, you are … more
RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, … more
This election’s October surprise came in September, just as early voting began in the first few states. The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only upends the next six weeks … more
What is more interesting than the upcoming debates between candidates for major political offices? Of course, it is the debate about the debates. Some friends, well-informed and experienced in … more
Viewers tune them out; voters hate them; and researchers call them ineffective. But attack ads continue chewing up airtime as the slow march to Election Day becomes a six-week sprint. Campaigns … more
North Carolina is facing an education crisis. The dilemma is easily understood, but not so easy to resolve: How to educate students in a pandemic?  We saw what happened when our universities … more
It’s about time! The NFL brought sports fans just what they needed this year with some highly anticipated professional football. While the NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL had some exciting games during … more
Our daughter called and said, “I just started watching ‘Christopher Robin’ and discovered I wanted to see it with you guys. Do you have any free time this weekend?” Of course we did! What … more
Weekly Devotional 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV) “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary … more
Depression is real, and I expect that almost every single one of you is on one side of that coin or the other. Either you suffer from it yourselves, or know someone who does. These are, to borrow … more
I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments, and private … more
In an America bitterly divided over protests and politics, the least familiar part of our Constitution’s First Amendment may be the most endangered: the right to peacefully protest. That … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state government began its 2020-21 fiscal year with $1.5 billion in cash left over from last year plus another $1.8 billion in rainy-day funds and other … more
I hope the statute of limitations has run out on any of my violations of the Hatch Act and campaign contribution limits during the unconventional warfare exercises in the North Carolina Sandhills in … more
President Donald Trump’s critics are branding him a bigot again. This time, they’re crying wolf.  At Trump’s behest, the Office of Management and Budget told federal … more
Democrats are haunted this year by election ghosts. They’re suffering a form of PTSD — Past-Tuesdays Stress Disorder. They’re haunted by 1968: “The riots and protests will … more
RALEIGH — Most North Carolina schoolchildren began this academic year trying to learn from home rather than at school. How’s it going so far? Set aside the blame game and partisan … more
I always tell students and folks at my presentations to watch the Federal Reserve.  While the president and Congress get most of the attention in Washington, the Federal Reserve also wields … more
I have my ballot! I will mail it in shortly, and a little bit sadly. I have always liked going to the polls on Election Day and seeing people, sometimes a few I know, and standing in the little booth … more
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