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Greg Lacour on Politics

Roundup: Orr Talks, Tax Matters and a Dead Rhino

Jerry Orr breaks his silence!, and other thingamajiggers


What Anthony Foxx's Farewell Might Portend For the Town He Leaves Behind

This fall's mayoral race was already going to be pretty spicy. Now, with Anthony Foxx Washington-bound, the next several months are going to be downright chaotic.

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The Canker In the MetLife Rose

MetLife revealed its salaries for N.C. employees, and in Charlotte at least, they're pretty middling. Worth the cost?


Exile in Orrville

Shawn Dorsch chose not to rat on his friends to the Charlotte City Council, and the turd kept a-rollin' all night long.


Screw Unto Others

The modern GOP screeches nonstop about the dangers of tyrannical government — even as it wrests local control from cities and towns.


Mark Sanford, Boston Fallout and Lenoir, the Cheap Date

A week of national calamity overshadowed the usual Carolina craziness, which nonetheless proceeded as scheduled.



"... names we neither remember nor celebrate ..."


The North Carolina Jobs Lure

When corporations tell the state to jump for jobs, how high are we willing to go?


A Brief Recess As We Admire the General Assembly's Demolition Work

It's been a whirlwind 10 weeks of legislative psychosis. We'll all be reaping it.


'I'm Afraid Dr. Barber Needs To Get With My Office.'

N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber II wanted to talk to an elected representative of his state — and encountered a slammed door.


The Char-Meck Consolidation Question

The next Charlotte mayor needs to use superhuman persuasion skills to move the city-county consolidation discussion, since there currently is none.


Anthony Foxx Agonistes

The next Charlotte mayor (Graham? Cannon?) will have to wrestle with a tight budget, unruly council and hostile state government. Who wants the job?


The North Carolina State Religion

This is what you get, North Carolina: Public representatives who claim to revere the nation's founding principles, then spit all over them.


Maybe Mark Sanford Isn't a Lock For Congress After All

Wait a minute — might Elizabeth Colbert Busch have a real shot against Mark Sanford?


Pat McCrory's Latino Affairs Stumble

If the GOP could just avoid kicking dirt in Latinos' faces, we'd all be better off.


The Color of Disenfranchisement

In political terms, House Bill 451 constitutes the ultimate power grab: making it harder for citizens to vote.


The New Face of the Mecklenburg County GOP

Brad Overcash is young, ardent, exquisitely coiffed — and charged with the near-impossible task of wooing Mecklenburg County minorities to the Republican Party.


Anthony Foxx and the Importance of a Good Rear-View Mirror

Barack, take me away!

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North Carolina's Race To the Bottom

Why has North Carolina signed up for the race to see who can be most like Alabama?


Skin In the Game

The North Carolinian who stood up for slavery at CPAC gave neo-Confederates a new argument to accompany the 'states' rights' canard.


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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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