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It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand the Republican legislative leadership’s definition of open and transparent government, particularly the way House leaders define it.

This week News & Observer reporter Andy Curliss was kicked out of a meeting between lobbyists and 15-20 Republican lawmakers who were discussing the merits of legalizing video poker in the state. House Speaker Thom Tillis defended the closed meeting, which was basically a secret committee hearing, saying it “allows lawmakers to ask questions they might not ask in public for fear of being perceived as ignorant or biased.” But the public deserves to hear the testimony of lobbyists and the questions from lawmakers, ignorant or biased or whatever else.


Funding for North Carolina schools and human services in the next few years might not only depend on how many people the state can convince to waste their money on a lottery ticket, but also how many folks can be persuaded to throw their money away on video poker machines.

Last week we learned that Governor Beverly Perdue is seriously considering a proposal to legalize video poker to raise revenue to help address the state’s $3.7 billion shortfall. That recommendation may come in Perdue’s State of the State speech Monday night and in the budget she will submit to lawmakers shortly after her address.


Hosni Mubarak has been Egypt's modern day pharaoh for the past 30 years, winning elections in the same fashion the Harlem Globetrotters win basketball games. The last Egyptian presidential election held in 2005 is considered by some to be the first contested election during the Mubarak era. Mr. M. snuck by with a mere 88.6% of the vote – just a shell of his former self that used to rake in an excess of 95 percent.

Essential to the longevity of the Mubarak regime is terror — terror that it can project and the compliance it can expect. A report published just before the current Egyptian crises by Human Rights Watch details government brutality and its subsequent methods of intimidation toward those who consider reporting such abuses.


RALEIGH -- This new Republican legislative majority is in a hurry to show its stuff, prove its mettle.

The haste is understandable. Republicans have only been waiting 120 years or so to finally take control of the North Carolina General Assembly.

So, on only the second day of the legislative session, the just-elected House and Senate leaders passed out gavels to new committee chairs and named new committees.


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