State of transitions

This weekend, a Republican asked why I believed pro-segregationist Democrats became Republicans in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. Well, because it’s true. I’m not just a student of history, I’m a product of a rural North Carolina county that is half-Black and...
Will Pat McCrory Get Pawlenty’d?

Will Pat McCrory Get Pawlenty’d?

It is hard now to remember how promising Pat McCrory's political career once appeared. The young mayor of Charlotte, McCrory entered statewide politics with freshness and verve, battling incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bev Perdue to a near tie in the 2008 governor's...

Ignorant cancel culture

Ignorant cancel culture

Up in Surry County, the local GOP leadership is making fools of itself. The county board of commissioners passed a ban on Coke machines on county property to show those bigwigs down in Atlanta that they weren’t taking lightly the company’s opposition to Georgia’s...

Trump disses McCrory, upends #NCSEN

Trump disses McCrory, upends #NCSEN

Donald Trump sure does love to make news. Giving his first public speech since ignominiously exiting the national stage in January, the former president electrified North Carolina politics. He endorsed Ted Budd in the state's Republican primary for U.S. Senate,...

Voter suppression, not voter ID, is the big problem

Voter suppression, not voter ID, is the big problem

Here’s my unpopular opinion for the week: Democrats should concede on voter ID and work to make them as accessible as possible and to make exceptions for those who have extreme difficulty getting them.  Republicans are using voter ID as a screen and it’s working....

A decade of decline

A decade of decline

A top scientist turned down a job at UNC-CH  because the Board of Trustees refused to offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones. Lisa Jones, a prominent chemist, turned down an offer at UNC, writing, “The news this week that Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied tenure was very...

The danger of Fortress Liberalism

The danger of Fortress Liberalism

I got barbecued for my post yesterday about the 100-county campaign. That's okay. Politics will always entail lively debate, and Sen. Jackson has an enthusiastic following on social media that I fully expected to come to his defense. No bloggers were harmed in the...

The folly of a 100-county campaign

The folly of a 100-county campaign

If the Democratic Party is to regain its status as North Carolina's majority faction, it must represent all the people in the state. Too many North Carolinians have come to view the party as an Other, a monstrous, unknowable alien entity which they do not understand...

It all started here

It all started here

Yesterday, a group of 100 scholars issued a statement saying that our democracy is at risk. This weekend, Texas tried to pass a voter suppression law that would restrict access to the ballot and allow officials to overturn election results based on accusations of...

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