• Berger Democratic challenger wins residency appeal at elections board

    Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, will have a Democratic challenger in the general election after all. After two hours of debate July 12, the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement reversed a local elections panel’s decision disqualifying Jennifer Mangrum from the race. In what…

  • Facebook caught up in vilification of entrepreneurs, enterprises  

    I have found the recent demonization of Facebook and its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg fascinating and revelatory. We have discovered that during the 2016 presidential campaign the social media giant played unwitting host to hundreds of Russian bots and fake accounts peddling misinformation about the candidates. It has also attracted bad…

  • Former state Rep. Younts, Davidson commissioner Jarvis vie for GOP nod in House District 80

    Republican primary, state House District 80, Davidson County (open seat) Roger Younts — Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University in 2005. Occupation: project manager for the political consulting firm Red Dome Group. Career highlights: Member, N.C. House, 2013 session. Member, Appropriation, Banking, Insurance; Public Utilities and…

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    What follows is the first of an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Reidsville in Rockingham County, like much of that region, has lost much…

  • UNC campuses training to respond to mass shootings 

    GREENSBORO — Gunshots split the air on a cold morning at UNC-Greensboro. Three shooters invaded the dilapidated McIver Building on the southeast side of campus. University and local police swarmed the scene minutes later.   The incident Thursday, Feb. 1, felt like a TV moment — especially since none of…

  • State education rank isn’t low

    Living in Mebane is less expensive than living in Manhattan — so if you don’t properly account for these kinds of disparities, any nationwide comparison of school spending is utterly useless.

  • Campaign update: September 20, 2016

    • The latest Elon University Poll suggests that House Bill 2 may not be the GOP-killer Democrats expected. While a near-majority of likely voters opposes the “bathroom bill” (49.5 percent against, 39.5 percent for), that opposition hasn’t doomed the re-election prospects of Gov. Pat McCrory. The incumbent Republican leads Democratic…

  • Bill Would Move Presidential Primary To March

    RALEIGH — House Bill 457 would schedule the state’s presidential preference primary on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. An election law passed in 2013 set the presidential primary on the first Tuesday after South Carolina holds its primary, which takes place on a Saturday. North Carolina’s primary could take place in February, violating parameters set by the national Republican and Democratic parties.