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Tiny Steps

A rousing call to man the barricades it's not, but Charlotte and MeckCo officials are hinting at looking afresh at economic incentives for corporations.

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Fear Nation

N.C. legislators will meet in secrecy this afternoon to discuss 'religious freedom.' Come out of the closet, guys.

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U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, Apostate

Some thoughts on North Carolina GOP Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and the furor she stirred up by opposing an abortion bill with the right-to-lifers in town.

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Clodfelter: 'Seriously Pursuing' Possible Mayoral Run

Mayor Dan Clodfelter sits for an interview on the state of Charlotte's past, present, and futureā€”and whether he'll be running next election

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On Hookers and Bananas

Chiquita's departure raises the inevitable questions about tax incentives for corporations. We can answer them quickly.

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Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

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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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