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Navy again suspends work on Outlying Landing Field

For the second time in the past three years, the U.S. Navy has suspended its plans to try to place an Outlying Landing Field in northeastern North Carolina so jet pilots can practice aircraft carrier landings. In 2008, after citizens...Show More Summary

PPP: Perdue gains, still behind McCrory

Public Policy Polling reports in its latest poll that Gov. Bev Perdue is pulling closer to Republican Pat McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor who's probably running for governor again. Perdue's numbers -- found to be weak in the Democratic primary in a Civitas poll yesterday -- are better in a head-to-head contest with McCrory. Show More Summary

More on 'The Great State of Meck':

Former state Rep. Lane Brown, a Democrat who represented Stanly County in the legislature and who now lives in Cheraw S.C., recalls the Great State of Mecklenburg debates in the House going back to the early 1970s -- fostered by Eastern N.C. Show More Summary

Let the fun begin in Raleigh

RALEIGH -- The 2011 N.C. General Assembly convenes today in Raleigh with an entirely new cast of characters in charge of the crushed marble, brass and walnut edifice on Jones Street a block north of the Capital. This marks the 35th year...Show More Summary

Obama's numbers looking better in N.C.

President Barack Obama's number are better in North Carolina, Public Policy Polling says, with more approving of his performance than disapproving. His numbers have been up elsewhere in the nation, but just now have arrived here, the company said in a news release today. Show More Summary

Is Perdue vulnerable to a primary challenge?

Since last fall's election a lot of attention has focused on whether Gov. Bev Perdue's popularity numbers would improve significantly and whether they would be sufficient to win reelection in 2012 especially if she faced another challenge...Show More Summary

NC has 3 of South's '10 most endangered' environmental sites

The Southern Environmental Law Center rates three sites in North Carolina and one in South Carolina among the South's top 10 endangered places and at risk of "irreversible damage" in 2011. The N.C. sites include the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the Outer Banks, the Cape Fear River Basin in Southeastern N.C. Show More Summary

Mac Smith, lawmaker, dies at 92

J. McNeill Smith, one of the most remarkable lawyers and legislators the state has produced, died Saturday in Greensboro at age 92. He defended unpopular people, helped desegregate Greensboro in the 1960s when the sit-in movement began...Show More Summary

Harlan Boyles warned of cuts to schools, higher ed

While looking for some old clips on the long-running war of words between Charlotte and Raleigh, I came across a short piece I once wrote about State Treasurer Harlan Boyles. A moderately conservative Democrat of the old school, Boyles...Show More Summary

Your constitutional right to cuss is safe

As the N&O's Anne Blythe reports here, your first amendment right to cuss has been upheld. Orange County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour ruled that a 98 year-old state law banning cursing, which specifically exempted Pitt and Swain...Show More Summary

Conservative icon critical of GOP freshmen, including N.C.'s Ellmers

Richard Viguerie, who often sets the standard for conservative thought in the United States, is critical of a group of freshmen Republican lawmakers, including North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, for getting off on the wrong foot at the start of the new congressional session. Show More Summary

Bowles: 'Ain't nobody listening'

Former UNC President and Charlotte businessman Erskine Bowles marked his first day of retirement -- thought to be an exceedingly short retirement by those who know him well -- by speaking to hundreds of people at the 9th Annual Economic Forecast Forum sponsored by the North Carolina Chamber and the N.C. Show More Summary

Rucho snags another plum committee in 2011 Senate

Mecklenburg state Sen. Bob Rucho of Charlotte has picked up another plum assignment in the upcoming General Assembly. He will cochair, with Cabarrus Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, the Senate Finance Committee, which handles tax legislation....Show More Summary

No surprise: Thigpen goes back on Court of Appeals

Gov. Bev Perdue has reappointed Raleigh lawyer Cressie Thigpen to the N.C. Court of Appeals, as expected. She first appointed Thigpen to the court last summer to fill a vacancy created when Court of Appeals Judge Jim Wynn was confirmed to the 4th U.S. Show More Summary

Poll: NC voters don't like Repubs -- or Dems, either

Here's a poll that confirms what many knew instinctively: One reason that Tar Heel voters in November chose Republicans to run the N.C. General Assembly for the first time in more than a century is that they didn't much care for Democrats in the General Assembly. Show More Summary

Former First Lady Jessie Rae Scott dies

Former North Carolina First Lady Jessie Rae Scott, spouse of former Gov. Bob Scott, died this morning at age 81. Gov. Scott died in 2009 at age 79. Meg Scott Phipps, her daughter, sent the following email to friends earlier this morning:...Show More Summary

Perdue's number are improving, thanks to reorg plan

While Civitas' latest polls shows Pat McCrory with a lede in a potential 2012 matchup with the governor, Gov. Bev Perdue's numbers are improving, thanks partly to her recently proposed reorganization plan. Tom Jensen of Public Policy...Show More Summary

McCrory lead over Perdue growing, poll says

With barely two years before the next election, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has a 15 percent lead in a poll by the conservative Civitas Institute. That's up from a 6 percent lead in a June poll, the Institute said. It found that...Show More Summary

Perdue: Not interested in talking to Alcoa

If you've kept up with a long-running dispute over whether Alcoa Power Generating Inc. will get another federal license to operate hydroelectric power plants on the Yadkin River in central North Carolina, you know that a water quality...Show More Summary

Perdue memory fails her on 2001 redistricting commission

Gov. Bev Perdue made a rare appearance before a legislative committee Wednesday morning and asked for three non-budgetary things, WRAL-TV reports, including creating a bipartisan panel to draw new congressional and legislative districts The...Show More Summary

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