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Free & Clear: Two decades of empirical research has shown that education reform will be the real winner if schools are allowed to compete for students.


Before the fall

Free & Clear: Before the fall: Votes cast in November should count most, but partisan redistricting has made party primaries of primary importance in Tar Heel politics.


Testing core values

Capital Goods: Testing core values: Some Republican lawmakers and their business allies have split ranks over Common Core, the national education standards adopted in 2011.


Genuine article

Up Front: Keith Crisco's life could be described as fanfare for the uncommon man.


Welcome back

Up Front: For the magazine's new editor, it's déjà vu all over again.


Down and dirty

Capital Goods: The threat from coal ash is not new, but fate dealt the governor a bad hand when his former employer spilled massive amounts in a river on his watch.


Sovereign states

Free & Clear: Sovereign states: These 14 (and D.C.) rule when it comes to higher-than-average growth in both GDP and per capita income since 2000. North Carolina is not among them.


Still a stroke back

Up Front: A Charlottean broke the PGA Tour's color barrier but didn't change its hue.


Not enough ventured

Free & Clear: Not enough ventured: And not enough will be gained until the state does more to encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs at the rate they have in past recoveries.


A second opinion

Capital Goods: The governor soothes irritated health-care providers by backing away from a plan for managed-care companies to run Medicaid.


Ashes to lashes

Up Front: How Duke Energy's past caught up with its present.


The tangled web

Capital Goods: The legislature might be swatting a fly with a sledge hammer if it tries to bring some uniformity to municipal privelege taxes.


Working on it

Free & Clear: Both sides arguing about whether or not employment has improved under Obama and McCrory are laboring under a misconception.


Wheels of fortune

Free & Clear: Toll roads are one way to relieve congested highways. But to reap rewards, the public-private partnerships that build them should shoulder more risk.


Caught in the middle

Capital Goods: A recent report raises questions about how big a role placement agents and influence peddling play in investments of the state employees pension fund.


A change of scenery

Up Front: Look outside the box. We think you'll like what you see.


Looking forward

Up Front: Looking forward


Deciding which size is the best fit

Free & Clear: In a matter of weeks, the 2014 election cycle will begin with candidates filing for county, state and federal offices. In North Carolina, the stakes couldn't be higher.


Government does not compute

Capital Goods: That the major policy initiative of the Obama administration nearly has been undone by a government website's glitches might come as a shock to many but not to watchers of state government.


Small wonders

Up Front: Small wonders