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Seven years ago this month, Carolina Panthers offensive guard Jeremy Bridges was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a dancer outside a Charlotte gentleman’s club. Bridges would dispute the charge, but the Panthers quickly suspended him for two regular-season games, which is what professional sports teams often do if the evidence is strong and the crime distasteful.

The recent N.C. GOP reversal on cash payoffs to attract new business is par for the course. Republicans mocked Gov. Perdue’s plan to do exactly that, but now insist that only with the right leadership team (theirs) in place can such incentives work.

From a July 25 editorial in the (Raleigh) News & Observer:

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THE OBSERVER'S EDITORIAL STAFF

Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor
Taylor Batten became editorial page editor in 2008, the day Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch. He grew up in Miami, went to Duke and Harvard and covered business and politics before holding a series of editing and management jobs. He and his staff have won first place for editorial writing and editorial pages in N.C. Press Association competitions. Reach him at tbatten@charlotteobserver.com.

Fannie Flono, Associate Editor

Fannie Flono has written editorials and columns for the editorial board since 1993. She has won awards for investigative reporting, education reporting, editorials and column writing. She held a number of jobs at The Observer, including political editor and city editor, before moving to the editorial board. Reach her at fflono@charlotteobserver.com.

Peter St. Onge, Associate Editor

Peter St. Onge has been a member of the editorial board since 2011. A New Hampshire native, Peter came to the Observer in 1999. He has been honored with national awards in news writing, investigations, business writing, sports writing and feature writing. He lives in south Charlotte with his wife and two sons. Reach him at pstonge@charlotteobserver.com.

Kevin Siers, Editorial Cartoonist

A native of Minnesota, Kevin Siers has been drawing editorial cartoons for the Observer since 1987. He began his cartooning career by drawing editorial cartoons for his hometown community newspaper between shifts working in the local iron ore mines north of Duluth. His Observer cartoons today are distributed nationwide by King Features Syndicate. Reach him at ksiers@charlotteobserver.com.

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You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools.

When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he did so in an unusual way for a Democrat: As the candidate of the rich. He raised more in large-dollar donations than any of his rivals and raked in more cash from Wall Street than John McCain. In November, he won the upper class’ votes: By 52 percent to 46 percent, according to exit polls, Americans making more than $200,000 cast their ballots for Obama.

Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory savored one of the roles governors find sweetest – announcing a major new employer moving to the state. In this case, it was Sealed Air, a packaging company moving from New Jersey to Charlotte, bringing 1,300 jobs and promising to spend $58 million building a new campus in the city.

Just what I’ve always wanted! Louder commercials at Panthers games!

From a letter Friday from The Southern Environmental Law Center and several groups to N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis: Following the Dan River coal ash spill in February, members of the legislature promised to provide a robust solution to North Carolina’s coal ash problems. Instead, the current legislation inexplicably attempts to weaken our State’s existing groundwater protection laws in favor of Duke Energy while allowing Duke to continue polluting State waters and putting our communities at risk.

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Kevin Siers

Editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers, who for the last quarter century has skewered political egos across the Carolinas with the tip of a paintbrush, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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