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A Fully Locked and Loaded Proposal

S.C. Rep. William Chumley suggests that the Charleston victims should have been armed. Damn right.

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Why They're Taking Down 'That Dang, Damn Flag'

What was behind Nikki Haley's conversion on the Confederate flag? It wasn't just about 'healing.'

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A Few More Things About Charleston

It's good that the flag's coming down. But don't celebrate too much.

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It's Not Going To Stop

It happened, again, and it will, again, and we know why.

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Kerr Putney Named New CMPD Chief

City manager selects Rodney Monroe's deputy for job

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A Left-Right Twitter Scrape Over Obamacare

A proud N.C. resident presents the right's case against the ACA: 'Oh noes ... fascism!'

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Herd Mentality

You don't have to be LGBT or an ally to feel outraged over the N.C. House's vote to legalize magistrates opting out of performing same-sex weddings.

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Two Visions of a Growing Charlotte

An old idea of what a city should be asserts itself on a fresh stretch of interstate. Can it co-exist with the new one?

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On Domestic Violence, Handguns, and Priorities

As Mecklenburg County wrestles with old domestic violence problems, a female Mecklenburg lawmaker sponsors a bill that would remove background checks from handgun sales.

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Lindsey Graham's Fear Factor

The senator from South Carolina champions "Security Through Strength" and projects the opposite.

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The Cost of News

David Boraks' DavidsonNews.net gave it a good, nine-year run but fell to the growing financial pressures for online journalism

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Our Hero

Yes, North Carolina, we actually are a state of laws. Nation, too.

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Local Control for Me, Not Thee

Republicans abandon their principle of local control when it suits them. This means it's not a principle. Here's the real one.

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The Heat on Ron Carlee

Maybe the Charlotte City Council has legitimate problems with City Manager Ron Carlee. But it could have handled them better than this.

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Why Rodney Monroe Mattered to Charlotte

Rodney Monroe wasn't a flawless police chief. But he got his biggest priority, community relations, dead right.

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Where's the Empathy?

A South Carolina man rejected health insurance until he needed it. Now he blames Obama for his own shortsightedness.

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Lincoln County's Christian Soldier

In defending Christian prayers at Lincoln County commission meetings, Chairman Carrol Mitchem gets it wrong enough to give you a toothache.

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Privatized Highway Robbery

Public officials in the Lake Norman area were stunned this week at a little-noticed clause in the I-77 toll contract. Sadly, it's a feature, not a bug.

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'They Took the Whole Thing Out of Context'

A Chapel Hill student's perfectly innocent paean to her Confederate forebears.

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Spread the Pain

You might not like the city manager's tax-hiking budget proposal. Given the unexpected shortfall, got any better ideas?

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Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

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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