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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

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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?

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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.

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Screw Unto Others

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

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Mark Sanford, Boston Fallout and Lenoir, the Cheap Date

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

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Courage

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

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The North Carolina Jobs Lure

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

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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Pat McCrory's Latino Affairs Stumble

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

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The Color of Disenfranchisement

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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