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It’s a fad — if not an obsession — for politicians to blame the “liberal mainstream media” for just about everything. What they write about. What they don’t write about. How they write about what they write about.

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In the days following North Carolina’s first gubernatorial debate of 2016, polls show Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper neck-and-neck in one of the most closely watched governor’s races in the country.

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In the days following North Carolina’s first gubernatorial debate of 2016, polls show Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper neck-and-neck in one of the most closely watched governor’s races in the country.

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The House finished its budget, so now it’s on to the Senate. The big question is whether the Senate will agree with most of the House’s spending or differ extensively, potentially setting up contentious negotiations.

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Compared with Donald Trump, unconstitutionally drawn congressional districts and new voter ID laws, another election-related controversy in North Carolina has received relatively little attention.

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Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, a Wake County Republican, made the point during debate over the newly drawn congressional districts that they are “prettier” than the ones previously adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011.

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Even as an often-cynical reporter, I was impressed by the collaboration among some of the state’s top education and business leaders at a recent meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet.

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When General Assembly Republicans moved the 2016 primaries up to March, Democrats complained that it wouldn’t leave potential candidates enough time to organize campaigns and, as a result, they would decide against running for election.

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In the following paragraphs, I’m going to give you many reasons why state Rep. Cecil Brockman of High Point should resign from the General Assembly, or at the very least be shown the door after the 2016 election.

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Remember that time back in 2011 when House Republicans accidentally left the microphones on in a committee room for their closed-door caucus meeting, and their words were broadcast in the Legislative Building’s press room?