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Greg Lacour on Politics

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.


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.


Why Rodney Monroe Mattered to Charlotte

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


Where's the Empathy?

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


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.


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.


'They Took the Whole Thing Out of Context'

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


Spread the Pain

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


Shaken From Slumber

Blindness to race and class division can be as harmful as racism. But occasionally, the blinkered see some light.


The Trouble With Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken's distasteful comments on Howard Stern's show this week highlight his contradictions—and how much he needs to mature to make a serious run for office.


The Good, Bad, and Ambiguous in Charlotte Law Enforcement

A report shines rare light on the Charlotte Fire Department; admirable steps by CMPD; a crazy state gun bill


All I Got, GOP Primary Edition

Guess what issue is "least acceptable" to Republican voters in South Carolina.


This Week In Carolinas Journalism

Highs and lows in a momentous week for journalism in the Carolinas.


The Nub of SCOTUS' Redistricting Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court sends North Carolina's 2011 redistricting plans back to Raleigh.


They All Look Alike

Did Michael Slager, the cop who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston, stun and subdue a suspect's brother for no reason?


Hard Choices

The Charlotte City Council plans to adopt a budget June 8, and tough decisions lie ahead.


What It Looks Like

Cities can't force cops to respect the people they're sworn to protect and serve. But they can keep them from abusing their power with impunity.


McCrory and 'Religious Freedom': Politics or Business?

Pat McCrory is a classic Chamber of Commerce Republican. Maybe his stated opposition to the 'religious freedom' bills is political positioning. I think it's more than that.


Free to Discriminate

As we knew they would, lawmakers float a bill that would allow discrimination against LGBT people—and two of Charlotte's own are leading the charge.


Immigrant Song

Charlotte's immigrant community is changing, and changing the city it occupies. An immigrant task force report shows how.


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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.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Blogs

Under the Dome


Campaign Tracker

Your Schools

Talking About Politics


The Locker Room

Palmetto Public Record

The Politics Blog with Charles P. Pierce (Esquire)

The Dish


Close Read

Robert Reich

The Conscience of a Liberal (Paul Krugman)


James Fallows (The Atlantic)


Little Green Footballs

Glenn Greenwald on Security and Liberty

CLT Blog

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