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April 11, 2018

It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis.

Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,…

walter williams

April 10, 2018

A hot new trend is sweeping North Carolina campaigns this year: Trying to get your opponents disqualified and kicked off the ballot before Election Day.

I'm surprised this tactic hasn't been used heavily before. Why go to the trouble to raise money and campaign on issues when you could just knock…

Colin Campbell

April 09, 2018

Since 2010, when voters put Republicans in charge of most state governments across the United States, North Carolina became one of about a half-dozen states where conservative reformers frequently — and sometimes spectacularly — faced off with progressives in ways that have attracted…

john hood

April 08, 2018

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for "the way he got out of Iraq," which Trump said "was the founding of" the Islamic State. As president, Trump reiterated during a meeting with Iraq's prime minister that "we should never ever have left. A vacuum was created.…

MarcThiessen

April 07, 2018

Eighty of North Carolina’s 100 counties are considered rural, understanding the definition to be a county in which the population density is less than 250 people per square mile. Our state has the second largest rural population of any, just behind Texas. When many of us think rural, we…

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April 06, 2018

You can tell what President Trump is afraid of by what he chooses to lie about. That means he must be petrified of losing support over his failure to build a single mile of the "big, beautiful" border wall he promised.

Trump is scared of a lot of things — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's…

Eugene Robinson

April 05, 2018

Two top Democrats made dangerous blunders over the past few weeks that should serve as a warning for politicians opposing Donald Trump.

Former Vice President Joe Biden told college students that Trump's comments and actions about women were so offensive that if they were in high school, "I'd take…

albert hunt

April 04, 2018

I don't mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of "Discrimination and Disparities," just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the globe.…

walter williams

April 02, 2018

“You ain’t from around here, are you?” This question may not be grammatically correct but it is an increasingly accurate observation about our state.

According to the Carolina Population Center, a valuable research resource at UNC Chapel Hill, 43 percent of our state population…

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April 01, 2018

Dear readers and friends, they say that everything must come to an end somewhere and sometime, and this offering will be my final offering of The Billboard.

No, I haven't been fired nor asked to drop the column. This is my own decision, due to minor health problems that have drained my energy and…

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