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The Coal Ash Bill's Three Big Loopholes

The legislature passed a bill to regulate coal ash. Sadly, it's practically toothless.

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The Charlotte Area's Soldier-Cops

Military surplus for Charlotte-area cops: Four armored vehicles in Cabarrus, six grenade launchers in Cleveland, 230 assault rifles in Gaston.

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On Ferguson and Bill James

If the good people of District 6 are tired of Bill James, now's an excellent time for them to say so.

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How Important Is McCrory's Ethics Blunder?

The N&O does a nice job uncovering a potential ethics violation by Pat McCrory. But North Carolinians should keep their eyes on the real issue.

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Tillis the Tree-Hugger

On the subject of Thom Tillis' transparently ludicrous attempts to paint himself as the environmental candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

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Charlotte had a Democratic mayor that got rebuffed by a Democratic majority council before the president appointed him to his cabinet; a former mayor in the Governor's Mansion after an oh-for-infinity streak; membership in a state that sees Charlotte as, well, another state; a neighboring state where public officials do very, very silly things (and sometimes go "hiking"); and a county commissioner who specializes in insulting constituents yet can't seem to get himself unelected. Sounds interesting to me, so I write about it and other matters public. Hashtag #nestpoke. You want to yell at me, email nestpoke@gmail.com.

About Greg Lacour

Greg Lacour spent nearly 10 years as a reporter for the Observer, where he covered Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government, including the infamous Nick Mackey for Sheriff farce of 2007-08, which made him simultaneously homesick for his hometown of New Orleans and hopeful that Charlotte might yet attain "world-class" status. He has written several features for this magazine and took part in the Hurricane Katrina coverage that won The Sun Herald of Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss., another former employer, a Pulitzer Prize. Lacour is single and lives in NoDa.

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