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For those who lament that the US Constitution is too difficult to amend, they should take a look at what happens when a constitution is easy to change. Last week, the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation upheld a 2007 referendum that stripped tribal membership of around 2,800 descendents of Cherokee-owned black slaves known as the Freedmen.

The Cherokee Nation (or Western Band) with land in Oklahoma (not to be confused with the Eastern Band of Cherokee in Western North Carolina) is the largest of three Federally recognized Cherokee groups and has nearly 300,000 members. In 2006, the Cherokee Supreme court ruled that additional Freedmen as well as intermarried whites, could become tribal members. This did not sit well with Chief Chad Smith and others in the Nation’s political hierarchy. Maintaining the integrity of the tribe may have been their public face, but with hundreds of millions of dollars of gaming revenue in play, as well as the prospect of diluted political power, one has to wonder about their noble motives.


RALEIGH – Not so long ago, the high unemployment numbers in North Carolina led to a single, consistent refrain.

It's Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's fault, claimed the missives from the state Republican Party and its various policy allies.

Then Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly, and the unemployment song became louder and rather discordant.


Attorney General Roy Cooper is offering tips to help parents get their children back to school safely and ready to learn as the traditional school year begins.

“Giving our children a safe and successful school year means more than buying the right pencils and backpacks,” Cooper said. “A few simple steps can give parents some peace of mind so they can focus on helping their kids learn.”


Last year, soon-to-be state House Speaker Thom Tillis began sporting a wrist ban reading, “Think Jobs.” The wrist ban was actually part of a campaign from the state's top business group, the North Carolina Chamber.

After the recently completed legislative session, Tillis and business leaders had something to crow about on the jobs front.

The Republicans now in charge of the legislature had kept a pledge to allow a two-year tax hike to expire on time. They had passed bills to change the state agency regulatory process, to limit medical malpractice awards against doctors, and to adjust the state’s workers compensation system.


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