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The minimum wage is now less about pay and more about inequality. As a practical matter, the minimum wage doesn’t apply to the vast majority of workers. In North Carolina in 2016, only 38,000 … more
When you notice there’s a revolving door on the executive suite, it’s fair to wonder whether there’s trouble at the top. When highly qualified, accomplished leaders are making tracks out of … more
Remember those bold pronouncements from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis about standing up to an abuse of power by President Trump? Never mind. He takes them back. Misspoke. Didn’t mean … more
The college admissions bribery scandal disclosed by federal prosecutors touched off national outrage on the juicy topics of elite education, privilege and celebrity criminal allegations. Wealthy, … more
To recklessly throw around claims of voting fraud is to play a dangerous game that could do lasting harm to our democracy. Yet politicians from the White House to the local level are indulging in … more
Perhaps they didn’t get word earlier. Maybe they missed the news stories. Whatever happened, it’s clear that some members of the General Assembly need to know this: America lost the War on … more
There is no other way to put this: Arming teachers in North Carolina classrooms is as bone-headed an idea this year as it was last year. And the year before. Small wonder a number of public school … more
For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.” The reason it’s your right to know … more
TAR HEEL EDITORS SPEAK OUT Body-worn cameras were supposed to serve as a silent witness in confrontations between police and civilians and usher in a new era of public confidence in law … more
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for children in North Carolina from ages 10 to 17. That’s probably the most shocking conclusion of the recently released report on child health in … more
It was one of the deadliest years in the history of North Carolina’s prison system. Five prison employees were killed in two incidents at state prisons in 2017. Given the way our prisons were … more
The case was so clear-cut that all nine U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed: The Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to … more
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