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Veterans and Domestic Terrorism

One of the three Gaston County men accused of planning violent resistance to the U.S. government was apparently a Marine vet—highlighting a connection few want to recognize.


American Crazy, Gaston County Division

The FBI accuses three 'patriots' of stockpiling explosive devices to prepare to battle the government. It's kind of funny—but not really.


Look Who's Back in (the) Black

The N.C. Democratic Party was in deep financial trouble at the beginning of 2015. Under new party chair Patsy Keever, it's raising more money than the GOP.


In Defense of the Gold Line

Charlotte's streetcar is off to a bit of a rough start. But stop trying to race it and think about the city's future.

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HRC and the KKK: Seriously?

The state GOP is pushing the 'Democrats are the real racists' line in an especially ridiculous way.

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Scenes From a Klan Rally

This was the dead end of the national conversation on race.

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Their Day In Court

Three cases that matter make their way through North Carolina's justice system.

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Some of the Good Ones

Charlestonians didn't riot after the killings at Mother Emanuel. There are reasons for this, and they don't include 'Their mamas raised them right.'


'Can I Get a Little Order?'

S.C. Sen. Lee Bright's tirade against the horrors of the Supreme Court, gay marriage, and ungodliness is something else that belongs in a museum.


Bree Newsome: 'A Pretty Big Step Forward'

In a one-on-one interview, Charlotte activist and Confederate flag-remover Bree Newsome talks about the justification for her civil disobedience, her ties to Charlotte, and 'what's next.'


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.


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


A Left-Right Twitter Scrape Over Obamacare

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


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.


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?


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.


Lindsey Graham's Fear Factor

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


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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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Under the Dome


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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

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