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Election 2020
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Viewers tune them out; voters hate them; and researchers call them ineffective. But attack ads continue chewing up airtime as the slow march to Election Day becomes a six-week sprint. Campaigns … more
President Donald Trump’s critics are branding him a bigot again. This time, they’re crying wolf.  At Trump’s behest, the Office of Management and Budget told federal … more
BENSON — For DeVan Barbour IV of Benson, the 2020 Republican National Convention was memorable partly because it was unique. “The event in Charlotte was an amazing, historic experience unlike … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler railing … more
SMITHFIELD — Already, 4,909 Johnston County voters have requested mail-in, or absentee, ballots for the Nov. 3 election. But suddenly wary of the U.S. mail, those voters also want secure drop … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler … more
  SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Elections has dismissed a protest over the March 3 GOP primary for District 1 county commissioner. Johnny Hill had argued that a Johnston … more
SMITHFIELD — It takes a team to stage an election. But with her staff working remotely because of COVID-19, it has been hard to bring her team together, said Leigh Anne Price, supervisor of … more
In North Carolina, town managers serve at the whim of town councils, and I have no qualms with that. Managers, many of them handsomely paid, are responsible for the daily operations of their towns, … more
When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it’s tough to brush off media bias as a figment of conservative critics’ imagination. Eric Trump clicked “like” on an … more
In the state Senate District 11 race, the Democratic candidate raised more than quadruple the cash his Republican opponent collected over the last four months.  Former Sen. Allen Wellons … more
RALEIGH — Jenna Wadsworth, the Democratic nominee for N.C. commissioner of agriculture, raised more than $37,000 for her campaign in the second quarter. Her opponent, incumbent Republican … more
Regarding COVID-19: Leaders are important. Truth is necessary. Trust is basic. During a worldwide pandemic, clear, understandable and actionable health communication based on facts and delivered … more
Attack ads are filling up local mailboxes in the race for state Senate District 11, but figuring out exactly who’s doing the mudslinging can be a real chore. State Rep. Lisa Barnes, a Spring … more
Our communities are suffering great losses — lost graduation celebrations, lost jobs and, most painful of all, lost loved ones. We are grieving together, and I am so proud of the way my community … more
The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly affect the logistics of how we cast our votes in the November elections. I have little doubt Johnston County will see a surge in requests for mail-in … more
SMITHFIELD — On paper, it was a simple exercise: Draw voting districts that would guarantee each high school attendance area a seat on the Johnston County Board of Education. But then voters … more
In the March 3 primary, N.C. Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes easily defeated Johnston County Commissioner Patrick Harris for the GOP nomination in N.C. Senate District 11, made up of parts of Johnston and … more
SMITHFIELD — It likely takes many things to win a school board race in Johnston County. Money isn’t one of them. Though they found themselves in a crowded field on March 3, the eight … more
Gone, baby, gone. Did Trump lose me or did I lose Trump? It’s almost a Dickensian question of conscience in today’s political environment. In my heart of hearts, I am a Republican. But that … more
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