If you're not reading the Under the Dome blog at the News and Observer, you should be. Ryan Teague Beckwith is doing a great job covering fresh stories in state politics, and the discussions are often eye-opening. Plus, John Hood, the Stage Manager at the Art Pope Puppetshow, has apparently given permission for his minions to comment on the site, so you can witness first hand what Puppets sound like when they're not writing "reports."
Another good thing about the Dome blog is the fact that it's looking at other newspapers in the state. Instead of the insular column that shows up in the N&O, it's a free-wheeling review of whatever catches Beckwith's attention. Like this blurb on a column by Doug Clark at the Greensboro paper. In the column, Clark compares Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr, mostly favorably, to the legendary Senator Sam Ervin, who was also a Supreme Court Justice prior to running for higher office.