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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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Shaken From Slumber

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

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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.

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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

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All I Got, GOP Primary Edition

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

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This Week In Carolinas Journalism

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

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The Nub of SCOTUS' Redistricting Ruling

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

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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?

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Hard Choices

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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