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It's the year 2018, and it is still legal for teachers and principals to beat their students in North Carolina schools. Our state is one of only a handful in the U.S. that still permit the use of corporal punishment....
Looking to open or expand your small business in North Carolina? Here are 7 towns you'll want to consider. All seven are growing rapidly and are full of families with enough disposable income to help your business prosper. Most of...
N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore this week announced a new bipartisan committee that will study ways to make our state's schools safer. Forty-one legislators will serve on the panel, convened as a response to the tragic mass shooting that...
By Andrew Dunn Money isn't everything in politics — but it is an important thing, particularly if you're a challenger trying to upset an incumbent. It's obviously crucial to establishing name recognition and turning out voters. But perhaps more than that,...
It's easy to get bogged down in the politics right now as N.C. Democrats and Republicans battle over control of the State Board of Elections. I do it, too — the most recent Longleaf Politics email focused on the power...
Some of the most important entries in a journalist's Rolodex are the people you can count on to oppose something you're writing about. News stories need balance, after all. Bonus points if they'll give you an inflammatory quote to spice...
While a long-awaited deal on elementary school class funding gobbled up most of the headlines, the General Assembly's change to pre-K spending in early 2018 is actually a much bigger deal. The short version: With these changes, every low-income family...
By Andrew Dunn Chancellors of North Carolina's top public universities are vigorously defending their campus diversity programs against what the left is perceiving as attacks by the Republican-led legislature. But the truth is, the UNC System's diversity efforts are desperately in...
While the Boomer generation still controls the halls of power in North Carolina, a younger crop of leaders is already beginning to emerge. Longleaf Politics set out to recognize 40 rising political stars under the age of 40. We ended...
In a previous post, I suggested that all redistricting is gerrymandering. While we intuitively dislike the idea of politicians picking their voters in a way that prevents voters from picking their politicians, I suggested that any redistricting effort will reflect...