The Tea: How NC women stirred revolution in Edenton

This week I spent some time in Edenton, North Carolina. While the scenery is amazing on a spring afternoon, the town’s history intrigues me more. This quaint harbor was the setting of one of our nation’s first revolutions organized completely by women. In 1774, the Edenton Tea Party served as a rallying cry for independence...

Donna King

Politics should be less important

It might sound odd to hear this from someone who’s been writing a syndicated column on politics for nearly four decades, but politics has become vastly more important in our lives than it should be. Virtually every decision we make in our ostensibly free society is now subject to review, refinement, and reversal by some...

John Hood

Legislature is mapping plans for America’s 250th anniversary celebration coming in 2026

The inaugural meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Semiquincentennial Committee convened Tuesday to discuss the state’s plans for commemorating America’s 250th Anniversary on July 4, 2026.

Claire Olson

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Another NC journalist who covered January 6 Capitol breach faces prosecution

North Carolina resident and independent journalist Steve Baker is facing four charges from federal prosecutors targeting him for covering the capitol breach on January 6, 2021. Baker has been assigned to Obama-appointed Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, DC.

Brianna Kraemer

Is UNC System sidestepping REACH Act with weak civics requirement?

In the ongoing debate over the University of North Carolina and its lobbying against the REACH Act, the UNC System put forth a proposal called “Foundations of American Democracy.” While at first this may seem like a step towards correcting UNC’s lack of civics education, a second look suggests it could be a strategic maneuver...

Jameson C. Broggi

NC owns a railroad? Well, yes.

The State of North Carolina is the sole shareholder of a 317-mile rail corridor, winding from Charlotte to the Port of Morehead City, known as the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR). That is the short answer, to be sure; the whole story of how NCRR came to be is a tale of North Carolina history,...

Jeff Moore

The Old North State celebrates its 234th birthday today!

Today marks North Carolina’s 234th birthday! U.S. Sen. Ted Budd, R-NC, was among those remembering the Old North State’s special day on social media.  On Nov. 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution and the only state with two ratification conventions. In 1729, the state started as a...

Theresa Opeka