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Sweepstakes industry pays to play

Capital Goods: By deed if not word, part of the state’s political leadership appears to be whispering to the video-gambling industry, “Don’t go. We really don’t mean it.”


Gain in pain

Up Front: We could use a bit more honesty when assessing work performance.


Seeing what we want to see

Free & Clear: Politicians and activists tend to see other yards as green or brown depending on which color would be most convenient for their arguments.


Health care's need-to-know basis

Capital Goods: Relaxing certificate-of-need requirements is just one way GOP legislators seem intent on creating something resembling a free market for health care.


Being Trumped

Up Front: Donald Trump woos to make a favorable impression of his new Mooresville course.


Will shale gas lift the economy?

Capital Goods: Even if North Carolina's natural gas reserves far exceed current estimates, the larger issue of supply could affect the state’s energy future in the short term.


Time to tend to family business

Free & Clear: Higher rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births raise the cost of government and, thus, act as a drag on economic growth.


Dems' sum isn't very filling

Capital Goods: To change the direction campaign money is flowing, Democrats must do more than just hope the GOP loses its way by tacking too far to the right. 


There is no Popish plot

Free & Clear: Neither Art Pope nor any of the John Locke Foundation’s donors has any editorial control over what I write or say. The same  goes for the governor.


Making a difference

Up Front: North Carolina is still a leader in manufacturing.


Shop till you drop

Up Front: North Carolina is increasingly becoming a state of shopkeepers as retail surges.


New take on tax reform

Capital Goods: “The existing system isn’t going to work now or in the future,” says Sen. Bob Rucho, who wants to sub a broader state sales tax for those levied on income.


Paved with good intentions

Free & Clear: Investing wisely in transportation would boost economic growth in North Carolina, but all transportation programs are not created equal.


Unbundling higher education

Free & Clear: Unwieldy and expensive, the public university's role as all things to all people relies on a combination of guild monopoly, political power and public awe.


New governor has lots of school choices

Capital Goods: Pat McCrory supports charter schools, but he has been hesitant to embrace controversial parts of the right's education agenda, such as vouchers for private schools.


Do the write thing

Up Front: Global learning helps our children succeed.


A good walk

Up Front: Golf, for most of us, is hardly ever about the golf.


Tropical spender

Fine Print: What I learned from my Week of Living Large as a one-percenter.


Debt and taxes

Capital Goods: North Carolina has borrowed $2.7 billion from the federal government for unemployment benefits. Now, the money has to be repaid.


McCrory lifts the Charlotte curse

Capital Goods: Republican Pat McCrory breaks the so-called Charlotte curse by winning the governor's race.