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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


Setting sites on an auto plant

Capital Goods: Attracting an automaker requires a massive investment in land and infrastructure before the wheeling and dealing can even begin.


UNC system does more with less

Free & Clear: The debate between fiscal conservatives and liberals has not been about whether the state should pay for higher education but how - and how much.


A new look

Up Front: A new look


Help wanted: jobs creator, a real one

Capital GoodsI read that N.C. State University economist Mike Walden predicts the state’s unemployment rate will drop by 2 percentage points next year.


North Carolina gets some good news

Free & Clear: To a journalist,” Phil Donahue once observed, “good news is often not news at all.”


Road to reform detours into tax cuts

Capital GoodsDespite the attention changes to abortion and election laws brought, the state legislature's Republican majority considers those it made to the tax structure its key accomplishment this year.


The session

Up Front: Taking the long view


Getting more than you pay for

Free & Clear: “You get what you pay for” sounds like good advice. Its persuasive appeal explains why so many use it, from helpful grandpas to ambitious politicians.


Call it what it is

Up Front: Republicans now rule state government, and they’re using voter suppression to retain rather than regain power.


Lessons from the session

Free & Clear: North Carolina adopted more free-market and conservative reforms than any other state has done in a single year.


Business changes course on education

Capital GoodsTop business leaders have fewer long-standing ties to North Carolina and public education in the state.


Focus on the homefront

Capital Goods: The Republican-controlled General Assembly clearly sees local government, in general, and city government, in particular, as too big for their britches