Editorial and political cartoons from Dennis Draughon, Capitol Broadcasting's editorial cartoonist.
Editorial: Rural hospital in bankruptcy; legislators won't expand Medicaid
Friday, July 14, 2017 -- State Sen. Phil Berger and his cohorts in the legislature are doing all they can to block efforts to expand health coverage. How many people have to die and declare personal bankruptcy before Berger cares? Folks in Rockingham County concerned about the fate of their hospital and healthcare for themselves, families and neighbors don't need to look much further than one of their neighbors, Sen. Phil Berger.
- Editorial: Legislature - Stingy with teachers and state workers, generous with fat cats
Friday, July 7, 2017 -- Stingy raises and shrinking benefits in the new North Carolina budget are an assault on state workers that threatens the delivery of basic public services and the ability of school children to learn. If not significantly addressed soon, the quality of life in North Carolina will suffer.
- Editorial: Legislators out of step, Infosys deal shows
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 -- Legislative leaders need to move out of the General Assembly's ideological echo chamber and start to listen to business executives like Infosys' Ravi Kumar, who are driving growth and investing in North Carolina.
- JOSH STEIN: Cuts to AG's staff threaten law and order
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 -- The N.C. legislature's GOP leadership can try to say the cuts are not about politics. But you don't risk putting more criminals on the street or increasing the tax liability of law-abiding citizens if your goal is to better serve the people. It makes no sense.
- Editorial: N.C. legislature sets foundation for 21st century inquisition
Friday, June 30, 2017 -- The N.C. House Rules Committee's effort to launch the impeachment of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is a shameful exercise in partisanship-gone-wild. It is exhibit #1 of abuse of position, lack of respect for the privilege voters extended to legislators to serve and a demonstration of ignorance and disdain for the integrity of government.
- Editorial: Ill breeze blows in wind farm ban
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 -- Gov. Cooper should veto H589, saying he will sign it when the wind farm ban is removed. He should make clear he will not be party to laws that needlessly block economic opportunity from parts of our state that face the greatest challenges.
- ELAINE MARSHALL: N.C.'s notary program among best in nation
- Editorial: Cooper must make safe water top priority
- Editorial: Senate's plan - Cutting care for needy, giving tax cuts to greedy
- Editorial: Zombie bills, like judicial gerrymandering, should stay entombed in committee
- Editorial: Irrational opposition to wind energy jeopardizes growing clean energy economy
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DRAUGHON DRAWS: Thus saith the ... N.C. GOP
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Two views of same safe water standard
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Berger's 'bedside manner'
DRAUGHON DRAWS: U.S. Senate Health Care Bum & Bummer
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Rep. Burr takes 'stab' at judicial gerrymandering
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Sen. Harry Brown, N.C.'s Don Quixote
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Impeach Elaine Marshall? What's at the stake
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Burr & Tillis slice and dice health care
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Short work for small minds
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Have you seen this N.C. milk inspector?
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Leadership's taking the ax to N.C. spending needs
DRAUGHON DRAWS: Sunday hunting sanctuary
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Opinion Roundup: For some legislative districts, new maps could be double-edged swordMonday, July 24, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on how redistricting could affect African-American communities, a massive investigation uncovering trouble within N.C.'s adult care homes system, one CEO touting the success of a major local wind energy project and more.
Opinion Roundup: Cooper steps out front on offshore drilling debateFriday, July 21, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on Governor Cooper's remarks against oil exploration along N.C.'s coast, a set of discouraging figures on our state's justice system, a public push against a major pipeline proposal and more.
Opinion Roundup: Crooked N.C. districts need serious fixThursday, July 20, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the evolution of severe gerrymandering in N.C., the growing uncertainty within our nation's health care system, questions surrounding a controversial pipeline proposal and more.
Opinion Roundup: New Cooper effort puts gerrymandering front and centerWednesday, July 19, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on Governor Roy Cooper's campaign to combat gerrymandering, the catch-22 situation within a key renewable energy bill, an argument for N.C. legislators to spend less time in Raleigh and more.
POLITICO MAGAZINE: Cooper launches 'Break the Majority' to attack gerrymanderingTuesday, July 18, 2017 -- A high-dollar effort in North Carolina to stem a GOP tide is getting national attention.