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Byline: Paul O'Connor
Dec. 17--RALEIGH -- In the parlance of political journalists, Mike Walden is one of the "usual suspects."
If there's a story about the state's economy to be written, Walden is one of three or four economists we interview. If there's a new state-tax proposal, editorial writers will call Walden for an educated take. If there's a new state-tax reform commission -- and there is -- then Walden's likely on it. He is.
Walden is in the agriculture school at N.C. State University, where he teaches economics to about 100 undergraduates each semester and maybe a dozen more graduate students. He's also an active speaker, showing up at all …