Pat McCrory’s stupid dog whistle

I can’t wait to watch Pat McCrory lose again. McCrory is on twitter making asinine statements and parroting childish right-wing talking points. While he might not be as smart as Thom Tillis, he has just as little substance. I don’t know what’s wrong with Charlotte...
Senate update

Senate update

North Carolina’s US Senate election in 2022 promises to be one of the most watched races in the country. A map I saw yesterday had the state as one of only two in the nation that is considered a toss-up, the other being Pennsylvania. Democrats need the state if they...

Villains, not heroes

Villains, not heroes

When I was in about third grade, I read the same three books over and over. One was a biography of Babe Ruth. One was a biography Jim Thorpe. And one was biography of Robert E. Lee. These books were not nuanced pictures of these men. They were designed to reach eight...

Thoughts on Politics, Hope, and the South

Thoughts on Politics, Hope, and the South

From the perspective of today, The Strange Career of Jim Crow is an odd book. C. Vann Woodward's slim volume was groundbreaking at the time, changing our understanding segregation's origins on a fundamental level. Its main thesis was that Jim Crow as not inevitable,...

Catherine Truitt Goes Full Trump

Catherine Truitt Goes Full Trump

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt's old boss Pat McCrory once admonished North Carolinians not to "put your stupid hat on." Opinions may differ as to whether Truitt sported that particular variant of chapeau in her Trumpist rant before Orange...

A tale of two recoveries

A tale of two recoveries

We’re about to learn a lot about economic recoveries. Back in 2009, Barack Obama, with a hefty Democratic majority in Congress, tried to pull us out of the Great Recession with a tepid relief program designed to attract Republican support. It led to a slow recovery,...

State of transitions

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...

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