BOOT OR NO BOOT: Gov. Bev Perdue is mulling a policy that would give the boot to any of her appointees who are under indictment or who refuse to cooperate with investigators. Presumably without the policy it would be okay for appointees to continue serving while under indictment.
GOING QUIET: Sarah Palin drew big lines to a book signing at a store on Ft. Bragg on Monday. The former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential nominee wasn't allowed to give a speech, but she signed and greeted for hours.
THE 'HAT' DEFENSE: A state trooper fired over the loss of his uniform hat says it's unfair that so many kept their jobs after having sex on the job while he was fired because of a discrepancy in his story about where his hat went. The Highway Patrol should ask for a new reputation for Christmas.
IN OTHER NEWS: Officials in the N.C. Republican Party overwhelmingly voted against a measure that would have prohibited unaffiliated voters from participating in its primaries. Voters in both parties think politicians in both parties are corrupt, according to a poll. State Treasurer Janet Cowell has broadened new ethics rules, again in response to activity by the former chief investment officer.