Thursday, March 23, 2017 -- Dennis Draughon, Capitol Broadcasting's editoriall cartoonist.
Editorial: Ditch veto battle, legislators should work on commission's ideas to improve N.C. courts
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 -- If the General Assembly is truly interested in improving North Carolina's courts it will skip a veto confrontation with the governor and instead go to work on the constructive recommendations from Chief Justice Mark Martin's state Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.
- CATHARINE BIGGS ARROWOOD: Piecemeal reform of judicial branch dangerous
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 -- The process of making changes to the judicial branch must be approached thoughtfully, rationally and carefully and with an eye on the entire system, avoiding piecemeal legislation or decrees that address perceived single issues.
- Editorial: Open teacher pipeline wide, not drips and drabs
Friday, March 17, 2017 -- After years of neglect, the pipeline to bring more qualified teachers into N.C. public schools desperately needs to be opened. The modest efforts now proposed aren't adequate to meet the demand and more needs to be done.
- Editorial: Cooper's olive branch vs. Berger's blowtorch
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -- Gov. Roy Cooper came to the General Assembly holding an olive branch. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger greeted it with a blowtorch. The contrasts between the firm but conciliatory tone of Cooper's message and the whiny, confrontational comments by Berger couldn't have been starker.
- Editorial: Run NC like a business - Adopt plan to boost public educator pay, stick to it
March 14. 2017 -- North Carolina and its students need and deserve top notch public schools. To have them, teachers and principals need to be paid appropriately. There needs to be a plan to bring educators' pay to the national average. Otherwise our legislative leaders are failing in their boast to run state public education as a business.
- Editorial: State must pay cost of new teachers its class size cuts demanded
Friday, March 10, 2017 -- We support the reduction of class sizes in the lower grades of North Carolina's public schools. Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly need to come together with a plan that fully pays for the class size mandate the legislature's imposed.
- Editorial: Irrational and irresponsible legislature
- Editorial: HB2 repeal will come only when Berger and Moore clear the way
- Editorial: End the voting rights case appeal, stop legislative leaders' bickering
- Editorial: NC's congressional delegation should face voters, not fear them
- Editorial: Embezzlement charge at Fayetteville private school exposes risks of voucher abuse
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Outside the Box
Will they blame the HB2 curse?Monday, March 20, 2017 -- Will it come to be called the House Bill 2 curse? Will sports fans take it out on HB2 backers at the ballot box? Duke University, a team many picked to be the next NCAA basketball national champions, lost a stunning upset to South Carolina in Greenville, S.C. Could it be a tale of the tape --just how far some teams were from home courts and crowds?
What's it take to be a 'Top 10 Educated State?'Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -- Gov. Roy Cooper, in his State of the State address and budget proposal, says he wants to make North Carolina a "top 10 educated state by 2025." What's that mean and how far does the state need to go to get there?
Ideological middle grows faster in N.C. than political partiesWednesday, March 15, 2017 -- When it seems that politics is becoming more polarized, it is the ideological center that is growing in North Carolina.
Cherry picking election results yields apples and oranges comparisonWednesday, March 15, 2017 -- N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger questioned Gov. Roy Cooper's mandate, but may have opened other questions, too.
GOVERNOR'S BUDGET: The report Gov. Cooper issued contains more dollars and centsFriday, March 10, 2017 -- The budget document Gov. Roy Cooper presented this month, while mostly about dollars and cents, also includes a host of facts and figures that paint a picture of what North Carolina is today, and what it might be like in the future.