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Sailing With Shredded Flags

Editorial by Nelda Holder     It is my alarming observation that the state of North Carolina, my own home state and host to my immigrant great-great grandfather, a stone mason from Ireland (who helped build the Capitol in Raleigh), is currently sailing with shredded flags straight into a hurricane. Battered by numerous constitutional issues that have involved no less than the lifeblood of our nation—the right to vote—we are now facing a monumental storm that is being fed by political climate change. And yes,…   Continue Reading »

In the Statehouse: Amending the amendment, recusing the magistrates, and snowing more snow

There was little objection voiced when last fall’s General Election ballot included a constitutional amendment to allow a person accused of any criminal offense (unless the state is seeking a sentence of death) to waive jury trial – with the consent of the trial judge. Barely three months after the passage of that amendment, however, legislation (HB 115) has just been been filed in the NC House of Representatives to change the constitutional change. Primary sponsors of the bill are four Republicans from eastern districts…   Continue Reading »

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