NC Democrats post huge fundraising numbers

Campaigns are announcing their second quarter fundraising totals and the numbers are staggering—for Democrats. In North Carolina, U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham says he raised more than $7.4 million between April 1 to June 30. Governor Roy Cooper raised more...
Where NC Democrats stand

Where NC Democrats stand

Despite a slew victories in 2018, North Carolina Democrats remain in an unenviable place. Their Republican foes control a majority of the Council of State, both US Senate seats, and large majorities in the state's Congressional delegation and state legislature. You...

Law and disorder

Law and disorder

Republicans are beside themselves with anger over the illegal toppling of Confederate monuments and the failure of Democrats like Governor Roy Cooper stopping them. They railed against the lawlessness of the mobs invading cities. Donald Trump tweeted “LAW AND ORDER!”...

Another dog whistle

Another dog whistle

Back in 2015, pressure was mounting to move Confederate monuments out of public spaces. The GOP’s white rural base was incensed, demanding we not erase history like those statues did when they were erected. To protect the monuments, the GOP put in place bureaucratic...

The Next Trump

The Next Trump

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton has carved out a unique niche in the landscape of Trump-era conservatism: the intellectual bomb-thrower. A Harvard graduate and former fellow at the esteemed Claremont Institute, he has developed a split persona as right-wing policy thinker...

A tough month for Tillis

A tough month for Tillis

Control of the U.S. Senate may hinge on North Carolina. The race between Senator Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham is shaping up to be a barnburner. And right now, Cunningham is the one on fire. He’s leading Tillis by as much as nine points according to four polls...

Waterloo for social conservatism

Waterloo for social conservatism

Since the boiling cauldron of the 1960's reawakened an assertive religiously conservative faction, social conservatism has played a potent role in North Carolina and American politics. Politicians such as Jesse Helms, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush rode socially...

Preserving our history while retelling our story

Preserving our history while retelling our story

After more than 100 years of telling ourselves a Big Lie, we are coming to terms with our history. The reaction by some is to tear down everything. The reaction by others is to preserve it all. The two sides appear irreconcilable.  A meme conservatives are...

Learning and Unlearning Racism

Learning and Unlearning Racism

“South Pacific” opened in 1949 and became one of Broadway’s longest running hits. It features Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse from rural Arkansas stationed on a South Pacific island who falls in love with a sophisticated French planter, Emile De Becque. She rejects his...

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