Sunday sampler

No sampler last week because virtually every front page feature long pieces on “looking back on the news of 2020.” Blah. Who wants that. This week is better.

Greensboro: How would you feel if you hadn’t had a pay raise since 2009? (I mean, excluding those in the newspaper business.) Bad, I suspect. That’s what’s happened to people making minimum wage. $7.25 an hour, the News & Record reports. The state legislature could increase it, as nearly a dozen have, but Republicans don’t think it’s necessary. “Key Republican legislative leaders continue to say that the free-market system should dictate wages for private-sector employers.” Maybe if we paid legislators the minimum wage — about what they’re worth, tbh — then they’d see the light.

Charlotte: The Observer — in what could be longtime political reporter Jim Morrill’s final piece — speculates what will happen with N.C. politics with Trump no longer in office. (Morrill retired last month.) “Conservative strategist Carter Wrenn says Trump tapped into a populist wave that for many Republicans began with the tea party movement a decade ago. ‘The simple thing about the 1970s and 1980s is it was a pretty clear ideological divide,’ he says. ‘This isn’t. There’s three to four different factors that just complicate it. . . . We could be looking at a lot of infighting between your hard Trump core, your traditional conservatives and populists.’”

Raleigh: The N&O has a big piece on what college students thought of last semester’s remote learning. (Spoiler: they didn’t like it.) I’m interested because I teach college students and the more insight I have into their motivations and challenges, the better. “The most difficult thing is keeping the same motivation to do things from home that she had with the accountability of going to campus and sitting through classes, she said. That, and ‘maintaining a sort of a sense of purpose … when things are kind of really difficult all around us,’ she said.”