How the January 6th Treason Plot Recalls the Gunpowder Treason Plot

Bonfires and fireworks light the late autumn nights throughout England every November 5th as citizens celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. In many towns and villages, effigies of Guy Fawkes and the Pope are set ablaze in the bonfires, connecting the celebration to its origins...
PoliticsNC Book Club: On Paradise Drive

PoliticsNC Book Club: On Paradise Drive

Sometimes a book can become dated to the point that it is newly topical. David Brooks set out to capture the spirit of George Bush's America in 2004. From that ambition was born his entertaining and often-brilliant second book, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now, and...

Ask the right questions

Ask the right questions

There is a debate raging on Twitter and in the media about how Democrats win in swing states like North Carolina. One side believes they need to focus on “turnout and mobilization” while the other believes they need to appeal to a broader audience. As I’ve said...

what a difference a year makes

what a difference a year makes

A year ago, we were awaiting a Super Tuesday primary on March 3 that could clench the nomination for Joe Biden. He had surprised everybody with an overwhelming win South Carolina after losing Iowa and New Hampshire. His momentum was huge and his opponents were...

A cabinet nominee worth fighting for

A cabinet nominee worth fighting for

Senate Republicans are out to defeat more cabinet members than is customary for an incoming administration. Generally their objections have centered on accusations, specious and hypocritical, that Biden's nominees exhibit too much partisanship--this from a party that...

Happy Birthday, Hiram Revels

Happy Birthday, Hiram Revels

In the spirit of Black History month, which I have done little to recognize, I want to celebrate Hiram Rhodes Revels, who was born on this day in 1827. Revels was the first African American to serve in the United States Congress. Revels was born in Fayetteville, North...

Lessons for the NC GOP

Lessons for the NC GOP

When Senator Phil Berger became Senate President Pro-Tem of the North Carolina Senate, he clearly followed the model established by his Democratic predecessor, Marc Basnight. Berger runs an organized caucus that rarely airs its laundry in public. If there are power...

The new swing Voters

The new swing Voters

Yesterday, I looked at voters who are shifting parties and what that might mean. As Republicans transition away from the GOP, they may bring back an endangered species—the swing voter. For the last decade or so, persuadable voters have been disappearing, swallowed up...

PoliticsNC Book Club: North Carolina, A History

PoliticsNC Book Club: North Carolina, A History

With so many subdivisions and shopping malls sprouting up across North Carolina, it can be hard to appreciate just how old this state is. People first began inhabiting the future North Carolina 12,000 years ago. Europeans first made contact with the state nearly 500...

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