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    New congressman goes to work

    As we wind down the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished in recent weeks.

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    Who you gonna call?

    A recent news report about a “Ghostbusters” movie sequel, soon to begin production, caused me to remember the wildly infectious jingle from the mid-1980s, “Who you gonna call?” The Ghostbusters were the answer to eradicating every ethereal being plaguing New York City...

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    Let the debate begin

    The annual incentives debate in the General Assembly is under way, and this year’s installment is likely to be as robust as any in recent memory. Gov. Pat McCrory has said repeatedly he wants lawmakers to quickly pass tax incentives and other perks to help recruit and retain jobs and new...

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    A university is forever part of my family

    When I went to college, it never occurred to me that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – its institutions, faculty, students and alumni – would come to mean so much to me.

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    In Smithfield, it’s time to help our most precious commodity

    I see many articles and letters to the editor about schools, especially teacher pay and benefits for our public schools and our university system. But I see very little about our children and where they fit into all this.

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    A long, cautious speech

    Gov. Pat McCrory’s 80-minute “State of the State” speech didn’t break much new ground. Instead, it laid the groundwork for a 2016 re-election campaign by mixing accomplishments of the past with broad goals for the future.

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    For North Carolina, reforming redistricting is right thing to do

    At the beginning of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” three grotesque witches enter the stage with thunder rumbling in the background. You might recall that the witches end up chanting in unison: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair/ Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

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    Jobs recruiter goes to work

    North Carolina’s new jobs recruiter moved to the state just after the first of the year.

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    In defense of my brother

    The other day, I had a frustrating conversation with a family member who thought my older brother should, essentially, share some of his (modest) inheritance with less fortunate family members.

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    Do tax changes have impact?

    Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate might be one piece of common ground between President Obama and Congress. Here in North Carolina, The General Assembly might debate Round 2 of tax changes – focusing...

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