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Barlow's Beat

Barlow Herget is a commentator and host on SGR Today. He has been a commentator on UNC public radio and an instructor in continuing education at Duke University. Herget was a Nieman Fellow ('70) at Harvard University, has worked for the Daily Press of Paragould, Ark., the Detroit Free Press, and the News & Observer of Raleigh. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and numerous other publications. Have something to say to Barlow? Contact him by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Commerce Sec. Sharon Decker says business inquiries up 40 percent PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Friday, 23 August 2013 13:22

Despite bad press in state and national media, North Carolina continues to attract inquiries from businesses interested in moving to or expanding in the state, says Commerce Sec. Sharon Decker in a conversation with host Barlow Herget.

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The Governor steps in another bucket PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:51

Governor McCrory, following missteps with his plate of cookies and breaking campaign promises, steps in another bucket  by giving no pay increases to teachers and state employees while he hands out whopping  $22,000 pay increases to young staffers.  This is how you fix broken government?

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China' s dirty lesson PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:36

Barlow Herget says China is a cautionary tale about what happens when government regulations become are removed and ignored.

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All rise PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:24

Famed North Carolina lawyer Julius Chambers braved bombings, beat segregation barriers in the courtroom and moved his state forward.   He was a great man.

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Republicans delivered on smaller government, lower taxes PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:18

Long-time political observer Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at UNC-CH, tells host Barlow Herget that the Republican governor and legislature brought severe cuts to government including education with their promise for lower taxes and smaller government.

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The Great Republican Experiment PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:33

Barlow Herget looks at the recent legislative session and sees the conservative, Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory launching a great experiment in governance that, unfortunately, is oblivious to history's hard lessons.

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Republican sneak attack lights fire with women PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:11

Barlow Herget believes the sneaky way the legislature adopted a radical anti-abortion bill and Governor McCrory's disavowal of his campaign promise on abortion restrictions will fire up women voters against them.  This is not what the GOP called for in the post-2012 Election divinations.

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