Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com A Product of the Insider State Government News Service Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:44:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 http://cappressnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/square_flag-150x150.png Columns – Capitol Press Association http://cappressnc.com 32 32 74645536 Colin Campbell: Possums and Politics – A North Carolina Tradition Ends http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-possums-politics-north-carolina-tradition-ends/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:40:18 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=849 RALEIGH — “Possum out: Famous New Year’s event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent” was the lead headline in last week’s Cherokee Scout, North Carolina’s westernmost newspaper. After surviving years of animal rights lawsuits from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Clay County’s New Year’s Eve Possum Drop is calling it quits. “It’s a hard job to...

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Colin Campbell: How Did Gov. Roy Cooper Do In 2017? http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-gov-roy-cooper-2017/ Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:37:31 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=848 RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has finished his first year in office — a year full of the fireworks that are common in a divided state government. Cooper and Republican legislative leaders have sparred on TV, in courtrooms and in the most thrilling arena of all: The Strongly Worded Press Release. So how well did the governor do in 2017?...

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Colin Campbell: Can Small Towns Get a Piece of North Carolina’s Lopsided Growth? http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-can-small-towns-get-piece-north-carolinas-lopsided-growth/ Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:35:35 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=847 RALEIGH — Between July 2016 and July of this year, North Carolina added enough people to its population to build a new city the size of Wilmington — an increase of 116,730 people that makes us one of the fastest-growing states in the country, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers. Our state is projected to have 10.6 million...

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Colin Campbell: More Dialogue, Fewer Theatrics Needed in Judicial Debate http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-dialogue-fewer-theatrics-needed-judicial-debate/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:22:45 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=845 RALEIGH — For the second time in as many years, Senate Democrats walked out on their Republican colleagues and left them to conduct legislative business by themselves. The first time they did it was in March 2016, when the Senate prepared to vote on House Bill 2 just hours after the “bathroom bill” was first made public. The Democrats objected...

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Colin Campbell: Transparency Needed to Prevent Cardinal Scandal http://cappressnc.com/colin-campbell/colin-campbell-transparency-needed-prevent-cardinal-scandal/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:45:19 +0000 http://cappressnc.com/?p=814 RALEIGH — State lawmakers had a rare moment of bipartisan unity recently. Everyone, it seemed, was outraged about a state-funded healthcare agency that was paying its CEO a $635,000 salary. Until the overpaid executive and his agency’s lavish spending on parties and flights made headlines, few of us had even heard of Cardinal Innovations. The agency oversees mental health services...

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