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Not so long ago, as he launched his second campaign for the governor’s mansion, Pat McCrory vowed more than once that he would “clean up Raleigh.” It’s the kind of thing non-incumbents like to say, and it certainly wasn’t what gave McCrory his 2012 victory. But it didn’t hurt.

Before we defend Crystal Eschert, let’s spend a moment on ignorance.

News item: A Pew Research survey released last week revealed that older Americans are about as knowledgeable as young adults when it comes to technology questions and issues, including net neutrality.

Eight years ago, an 11-year-old Monroe girl gave a long hug to the only father she ever knew, then walked with her younger brother and sister toward a gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They were flying to Guatemala to live with their mother, who had been deported.

Fifteen thoughts to share on Uber, Lyft and the rest of the “sharing economy”:

I had no idea “God bless” could sound so creepy.

Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Sometimes, there are only a few uncomfortable degrees between caution and panic.

Three news items this week, seemingly unrelated, but perhaps not:

The quarter-cent sales tax referendum in Mecklenburg County sure has brought out the bare knuckles in folks. And that’s just the people on the same side.

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