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RALEIGH — The post of lieutenant governor is a constitutional office in North Carolina, and the only one empowered to exercise both legislative and executive powers. Those powers are rather … more
Forty years in politics made me an expert on debates, whether I wanted to be or not. I did endless hours of debate prep. I negotiated debate rules with broadcasters and opponents’ … more
Is Joe Biden too Catholic? Or not enough? Has Donald Trump corrupted the leaders of conservative religious groups? Religion is everywhere, even in four important books featured during the next … more
Sure as autumn leaves turn color and fall is the inevitable political debate season now upon us. If you are old enough to remember the Kennedy-Nixon debates, you will recall the time when there was … more
When I speak to groups — virtually for the last six months — I perceive two concerns. One is fear about the virus, especially how long it will last and whether a vaccine will be … more
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
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