Editorial and political cartoons from Dennis Draughon, Capitol Broadcasting's editorial cartoonist.
Editorial: Bill to end conceal weapon permits misses target
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 -- North Carolina's current conceal-to-carry permit system might benefit from some fine-tuning. But abolishing it jeopardizes the authority of law enforcement and public safety.
- Editorial: Supreme Court again, to NC - Don't play politics with the Constitution
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 -- Since a new majority took control in 2011, more than a dozen laws passed by the General Assembly have been stuck down by federal courts. It is a sorry record reflecting a reckless disregard for our Constitution in favor of partisanship and an unbending desire to impose a rigid ideology. It is a wasteful pastime that leaves innocent victims in the wake.
- Editorial: Rather than shake the D.C. establishment, Trump brings chaos
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -- Governing by tantrum is not leadership. It childish and it needs to stop. We need a grown-up in the Oval Office.
- Editorial: Behind closed doors, N.C. budget negotiators perpetuate a culture of neglect
Friday, June 9, 2017 -- The N.C. Senate budget plan, and only slightly less so the plan offered up by the House of Representatives, represent a culture of neglect of the state's critical needs. This culture, over the last six years, has been a race to the bottom. Rather than looking to build a state that excels, the Senate budget is about diminished expectations and the House spending plan is about just scraping by.
- PHILIP PRICE: Truth is Senate 'cuts' to education 'bureaucracy' mean less accountability and support for teachers, students
PHILIP PRICE: Truth is Senate 'cuts' to education 'bureaucracy' mean less accountability and support for teachers, students
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -- It is the "bureaucracy" that assures citizens the job is being done and, in the case of the Department of Public Instruction, that teachers and students get the resources they need.
- Editorial: Pols to voters - Don't ask about budget, health care. We aren't telling
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 -- All North Carolinians should be concerned when the people they elect to represent them in the General Assembly and Congress don't believe they have any obligation to inform and involve those who put them in office.
- Editorial: Scheming, procrastinating perpetuate unconstitutional districts
- Editorial: End the partisan games, draw legal voting districts now
- MICHELLE HUGHES: Austerity is no excuse for neglecting hungry children
- Editorial: Legislature's budget -- More comfort for the comfortable
- Editorial: Legislators should heed protesters' message on Medicaid
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DRAUGHON DRAWS: Have you seen this N.C. milk inspector?
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Leadership's taking the ax to N.C. spending needs
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Sunday hunting sanctuary
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Gerrymandering - Picture This!
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Shoot-out at Jones St. corral
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Legislators and the peanut gallery
DRAUGHON DRAWS: N.C. Senate takes on hunger with a SNAP
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Dark castle on Jones Street
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Budget caution to the wind
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Sen. Hise, Food Stamp overseer
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Black lines matter
DRAUGHON DRAWS: 'Raise the age' funding
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Opinion Roundup: Let's be real - the N.C. budget could do moreMonday, June 26, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the good, bad and ugly of this year's state budget, a new analysis showing how gerrymandering has tilted N.C. politics, reflections on the four years since the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision and more.
Opinion Roundup: Budget's fine print hits future state employees hardFriday, June 23, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on how the 2017 state budget will affect everyday North Carolinians, why "Raise the Age" was a bright spot in this year's plan, a call to change a loophole in N.C.'s revoke consent law and more.
Opinion Roundup: Another brazen NCGA power grabThursday, June 22, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the devil in the details of the General Assembly's budget, how the final version lines up with initial House and Senate plans, takeaways from Tuesday's congressional elections and more.
Opinion Roundup: Cooper's budget criticism is warrantedWednesday, June 21, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the General Assembly's latest budget plan, how states are making their own moves to combat gerrymandering, a local education bill with some questionable outside spending and more.
Opinion Roundup: The bellwether for bitter politicsTuesday, June 20, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on North Carolina's role in our nation's political discourse, the Supreme Court's decision to take up partisan gerrymandering, the overturning of N.C.'s law barring sex offenders from social media and more.