A falling unemployment rate might produce bad news for North Carolina residents who still can't find work.
Changes in state law link benefits to the jobless rate. As it drops, payments run out sooner.
The Republicans who passed sweeping voting law changes last year said the measures were meant to prevent fraud and improve the election process.
Critics alleged more sinister motives. They claimed many, if not all, of the measures put in place were designed to reduce voting by minorities or Democrats in general
There may be some valid reasons to worry about the Common Core academic standards. Communism, pornography, social engineering, sex education and the Muslim Brotherhood are not among them. Yet, those were among the horrors cited at a legislative research committee hearing in Raleigh recently.
So Franklin Graham thinks America would be better off if our president cracked down on homosexuals the way Russian President Vladimir Putin has.
After revelations that the National Security Agency monitored Americans' phone and Internet use, and that the NSA spied on close allies like Germany and France, it probably shouldn't be surprising that our intelligence agencies have found another frontier to violate. But it appears our government is spying on itself.
North Carolina's metro mayors heard a sobering report when they met in Charlotte recently
Poverty is a bigger problem for them than it is for the state's economically distressed small towns and rural areas.
State judicial candidates are raising money like it's 2002.
The public finance system has been killed, so it's back to hitting up lawyers and lobbyists for most of the money needed to fuel statewide campaigns — maybe more money than ever.
If legislating were an Olympic competition, Republicans in North Carolina wouldn't be within sniffing distance of a medal anytime soon. Because judges don't seem to like much that comes out of Raleigh.
North Carolina's political leaders are all about cutting costs for businesses, except when they're not.
Employers could pay more than $80 million in federal tax penalties next year, thanks to the state's decision to deny expansion of Medicaid coverage.
Gov. Pat McCrory has it right. North Carolina should not appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's requirement that women seeking abortions be shown a narrated ultrasound before the procedure.
After North Carolina cut unemployment benefits last summer, people went out and got jobs.
That's the compelling story line Republicans are spreading to explain one reason for the state's rapidly falling unemployment rate. It was 8.9 percent in July, when extended benefits ended and weekly payments decreased, and it declined steadily to 7.4 percent in November.
The horror of Camp Lejeune, already one of the worst cases of drinking water contamination in American history, continues to grow. So does the shame of the U.S. Marine Corps
Wake County District Court Judge Joy Hamilton brushed aside constitutional claims Wednesday and convicted a dozen Moral Monday demonstrators of trespassing and violating legislative building rules. The defendants should prevail on appeal.
When the N.C. Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to the state's preschool program earlier this month, Senate leader Phil Berger declared victory. He was wrong. There was no winner.
Nearly eight years ago, Hodding Carter III joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.