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I've been trying to learn more about local and state legislative politics in the state and it doesn't seem incredibly apparent what the best sources are for localized news. I'm not just looking for good progressive blogs though those are fine too, but also good sources for normal everyday news or stories that will help me understand some background on local state legislative races and their candidates. In particular I'd like to find something good for Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Wake, and Buncombe counties and the greater Wilmington area though even my home county of Guilford would be good since our local paper, the News and Record is terrible. Right now I'm just reading Dkos and the News and Observer for stories on the General Assembly session and their crusade against pretty much everyone in the state.

So what local news do you follow and why is its politics coverage good?

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