Forest leading the GOP toward the 2020 cliff

Before I begin, let’s remember that today is Veteran’s Day. On this day in 1918, the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was an utterly senseless war that killed millions of people and then set the stage for next...
The GOP clown car needs a bus

The GOP clown car needs a bus

I find it remarkable how in the age of Trump, the entire Republican Party has lost any sense of shame. Yesterday, we learned that Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger is buying a house in Raleigh with campaign funds. Instead of trying to rationalize it in some...

Raleigh swamp monsters

Raleigh swamp monsters

For decades, we’ve heard conservatives say that government should be run like a business. After ten years of GOP rule in North Carolina and almost three years of the Trump administration, we now know what that looks like. Politicians use their positions to benefit...

Encouraging signs for Democrats

Encouraging signs for Democrats

On the eve of the Kentucky gubernatorial election, Donald Trump held a rally for Republican Governor Matt Bevin, telling the audience that if Bevin lost it would send "a really bad message to the rest of the country." Now that message has been delivered. Bevin lost to...

A sneak peak at 2020

A sneak peak at 2020

Tonight, we’ll get our best preview of the 2020 elections. In Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and New Jersey, voters will choose new state legislators and in Mississippi and Kentucky, new governors. While a lot can change in a year, we’ll get a sense of where the...

A sobering poll for Democrats

A sobering poll for Democrats

Democrats in North Carolina who think they’re about to sail to victory next November should think again. The New York Times has an in-depth poll out this morning that shows Donald Trump leading the state against the top Democrats running. He’s ahead of Biden by...

Holding teachers and state employees hostage

Holding teachers and state employees hostage

Yesterday, Republicans wrote a Democratic political ad. They’re holding teachers and state employees raises hostage unless Democrats drop their bid to expand Medicaid and give health care to the working poor. That’s just cold.  I don’t know who in the GOP thought that...

Gerrymandering makes hypocrites on both sides

Gerrymandering makes hypocrites on both sides

On Monday, the three-judge panel hearing North Carolina’s redistricting cases handed down two consequential decisions in the span of a few minutes. The first upheld the new legislative maps drawn by the general assembly. The second required the legislature to draw new...

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