Friends in high places

It must be nice to have friends in high places. Earlier this week, we saw how the Beer and Wine Wholesalers got the legislature to do it’s bidding in a contractual dispute with big suppliers. Now, we have a lobbyist and legislator conspiring to fix something that...

The Power of Optics

The notion of family separation reflects America at its darkest. A civil war was waged because of an institution that sustained itself in part because of legalized family separation. It is something that most Americans find naturally revolting.

Time for leadership

This morning, in a remarkable series of tweets, Steve Schmidt renounced his membership in the Republican Party, calling it “corrupt, indecent and immoral.” Schmidt was the campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and worked for dozens of other...

Money, relationships and power

Not everything the legislature does gets the attention of constitutional amendments, teacher pay or other budget issues. A lot just happens quietly with very little coverage and sometimes under the radar of the media and even some legislators. That almost happened in...

Back when I separated children from their parents

All the talk of separating children from their parents brought back memories of doing just that. In the early 1990s, before I started my political gig, I worked as a child neglect and abuse investigator. During that time, I removed several children from their homes...

Rigging the constitution

The NCGOP is rolling out a cynical plan to boost Republican turnout in November. They’re loading up the ballot with constitutional amendments intended to motivate their base. They’re mostly bad ideas designed to lock in conservative principles that will harm working...

State sponsored voter fraud

Last night at 11:30pm, the GOP dropped another bill to limit access to the voting booth. This one would dramatically reduce the number of early voting days from 17 to 10. Rep. David Lewis says that’s not the intention of the bill and that 17 days will be restored. Who...

Cleveland County

Less than twenty miles west of Charlotte, Cleveland County is located on the outskirts of the Charlotte metropolitan area in North Carolina’s western Piedmont. The county borders South Carolina and encompasses part of the state’s Foothills region, a distinct area of...

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