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If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015.

The manner in which the Board of Education has handled the recent departure of Superintendent Heath Morrison was extremely disappointing – but perhaps not surprising. Whether Morrison was rightfully dismissed is secondary to the all-too-familiar lack of disclosure, internal jockeying and closed meeting deal making.

The state laws that barred nearly 6 million people with felony convictions from voting in the midterm elections this month date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Southern lawmakers were working feverishly to neutralize the black electorate.

The president said he’d transform this country. He’s a man of his word.

I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending 15 minutes walking 200 yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson’s post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty and townspeople. For each there was a hearty “good morning” or a “you are looking so well,” or to an advisee, “how is your calculus class going?”

“Charles Manson has applied for a license to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend, who calls herself ‘Star.’ There you go, folks, another eHarmony success story.”

On a recent episode of NBC’s prime-time drama “Parenthood,” Drew, the lovable grandson in need of a haircut, struggled with an age-old decision: declaring a major. Coming from a low-income, single-parent household, he felt obligated to choose a practical course of study – economics – that would guarantee him a paycheck.

Historic. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.

Writing the opinion for the 3-2 majority, Chief Justice Jean Toal outlined the history of the 21-year-old lawsuit filed by educators in some of the poorest school districts in the state. In 1993 they argued that South Carolina’s funding formula unfairly disadvantaged rural or impoverished districts. The initial lawsuit was dismissed and then appealed, but the case was not tried until 2003.

Gosh, Mr. President, that’s not what they meant by “execute the law.”

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