Cawthorn, Trump Boost Ted Budd at the Expense of McCrory

How does it feel, North Carolina, knowing that your next U.S. Senator will be partially determined by Madison Cawthorn and Mark Meadows? These two firebrands have the ear of former President Donald Trump, who, with his unquestioned command over the Republican Party,...
Judicial whiplash

Judicial whiplash

If you’re watching the redistricting court cases in North Carolina, you may suffer from whiplash. And it might not be over yet.  On Friday, a three-judge panel of Wake County Superior Court judges ruled that filing for legislative and Congressional seats could move...

Old battles

Old battles

I got into a discussion on Twitter with a woman who believes the threat of right-wing political violence and the threat to democracy are overblown. She comes from the left, not the right. I realized that our differences, in part, come from perspective. What I see...

Regaining trust of rural voters

Regaining trust of rural voters

In the wake of the Virginia election, the group Third Way commissioned a focus group to figure out why Biden voters switched to Republican Glenn Youngkin this year. In an interview with the New York Times, Brian Stryker, who conducted the groups, said of the...

Character and competence

Character and competence

Yesterday, Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, announced she’s stepping down. She’s been with the department since Cooper’s first term began and she stayed through a pandemic. She also received compliments from both...

Roy Cooper’s Remarkable Political Feat

Roy Cooper’s Remarkable Political Feat

When a Civitas Institute poll came out showing Governor Roy Cooper's approval rating two points underwater, Republicans rejoiced. They had been predicting an imminent decline in Cooper's public support essentially from the day he took office, and here was confirmation...

Gratitude

Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone will celebrate. Despite the difficult and divisive times we face, we still have much for which to be thankful. On a personal level, I’m thankful for my family. My parents are still with us and have lived well into their 80s in...

An unregulated militia

An unregulated militia

The Kyle Rittenhouse incident illustrates so many of the problems we’re facing in this country right now. I knew from watching the video that he would be acquitted of any charges related to shooting those people. I hoped that some law would hold him accountable for...

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