Democrats Still Need the Working Class

Between the year 2000 and 2020, the percentage of Americans with a college degree nearly doubled. At the turn of the millennium, a college degree was still a relative rarity in many American communities, with only 20% of the country's population holding a Bachelor's...
Race and deaths of despair

Race and deaths of despair

The star of the Trump era was the White working class. In particular, the media focused on the crisis of White working class men. They were dying at alarming rates, so much so that their life expectancy decreased. They were dying from what became dubbed “deaths of...

Propaganda and Republican hypocrisy

Propaganda and Republican hypocrisy

Republican Twitter pundits are all aghast at WRAL owner Jim Goodmon’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech in Rocky Mount. Goodmon criticized Republicans for failing our schools, extreme gerrymandering, and leaving so many North Carolinians without medical coverage in...

Moving Primary target

Moving Primary target

Republicans in the Senate are voting today to delay the primary yet again. They’re making plans to ensure that they can redraw legislative and Congressional districts in the event that the Supreme Court finds their districts unconstitutional. The current schedule...

Dispatches from the Endangered Southern Democracy

Dispatches from the Endangered Southern Democracy

Six decades after Jim Crow crumbled, a significant portion of the South's white population has not accepted racial equality. In fact, these reactionaries are in the midst of an effort to restore an ersatz version of the White Man's Republic by handicapping Black...

Just move on

Just move on

On the eve of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, signed an executive order banning schools from teaching Critical Race Theory. He told Fox News, "But to actually teach our children that one group is advantaged and the...

Narrow majorities and massive ambitions

Narrow majorities and massive ambitions

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote a piece this week blistering Joe Biden for his voting rights speech in Georgia. She called it a “breaking point” that would unify support against Biden. Noonan cited Mitch...

The Decline and Fall of Mark Walker

The Decline and Fall of Mark Walker

Odd though it now seems, Congressman Mark Walker once appeared to be a savvy politician. He was a former preacher and strong social conservative who presumably could attract the support of North Carolina's many white evangelical Christians, but, at the same time, he...

NC-06 Primary is a Ray of Hope for North Carolina

NC-06 Primary is a Ray of Hope for North Carolina

"The heart and soul of North Carolina's industrial future is the Research Triangle," said former Governor Luther Hodges. Hodges and several heavy-hitting Triad businessmen had the audacity to form a high-tech research park in the patch of hardwood forest lying in a...

Clay Aiken Adds to a Strong Field in NC-06

Clay Aiken Adds to a Strong Field in NC-06

Earlier today, singer and former American Idol star Clay Aiken tossed his hat into the ring for North Carolina's Sixth Congressional District. Aiken, a Raleigh native and UNC-Charlotte graduate, had previously run against Renee Ellmers in a far more conservative...

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