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Triad Region

October 6, 2016

By John Sanford Friedrich

By the setting of the sun soldiers from the activated national guard of North Carolina were patrolling the streets of our largest city, Charlotte.  The night prior had seen disturbances verging on riots, as protestors against the killing of Keith Lamont Scott in murky circumstances turned their frustrations against uptown storefronts.

November 18, 2015

“It’s growing tiresome to hear the whining about it now," said Rep. John Blust (R-62 Guilford), responding to fears over coal ash lagoons during legislative debate.

November 13, 2015

By John Sanford Friedrich

Fashion statement aside, bowties have become like a Masonic handshake for young Republicans.  Kyle Hall, incoming representative of the 91st district, fits the look to a tee. He is now the youngest representative in the General Assembly, at age 25 when many a lad is working in a coffeeshop to pay back student loans.

November 7, 2015

By John Sanford Friedrich

It is an odd day when the chairman of the Subcommittee on Real Property is a leading newsmaker.  As the calendar prepares to flip toward the 2016 session, studies continue to trickle in and outlines of next year’s priorities take hold like potted Christmas trees.

September 10, 2015

By John Sanford Friedrich

Just like a patch of honeysuckle growing wildly in a riparian forest buffer, HB44 keeps spreading its tangling webs into ever more avenues of environmental degradation.

August 31, 2015

By John Sanford Friedrich

When asked by WRAL if the clutch of medical industry lobbyists would influence policy crafting on Medicaid reform, the legislator replied with a blunt “obviously.”

February 10, 2015

By John Sanford Friedrich          

The town of Sanford in Lee County is on the frontlines of many issues facing North Carolina at the moment.  An ailing industrial economic base is being reinvigorated by migrants from the Triangle and Triad, Sanford being within the expanding periphery of both metro regions.