It was never about states’ rights

I grew up hearing conservatives insist that their opposition to integration was not about racism. It was about states’ rights. They argued that the federal government had no business telling states how to manage themselves. They routinely claimed the 10thAmendment...

How to lose to Trump Again

Mark Halperin, a very prominent journalist who got caught in the #MeToo movement, is set to release a book called “How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What It Will Take.” He interviewed 75 Democratic strategists and the blow back has been fierce....

NYT’s 1619 project

The New York Times launched an ambitious and controversial series of essays called the 1619 Project. 1619 is the year African slaves arrived in Virginia and began the legacy of slavery that has haunted the country ever since.  The 1619 Projects contends that...

NC special election update

On September 10, North Carolina will hold two special elections for Congress. In NC-03, Republican state Representative Greg Murphy faces Democrat Allen Thomas to replace Walter Jones, Jr. who died earlier this year. In NC-09, Republican State Senator Dan Bishop faces...

Daily Perspective: August 15

Today in the Daily Perspective: the state budget is still in a deadlock over Medicaid expansionCooper leads Republican challengers in the latest Civitas pollBiden still leads the field of Democrats vying for the presidential nomination

Black voters, Biden and redemption

Jonathan Capehart, an African American columnist for the Washington Post, recently wrote about an annual family reunion his family holds in Severn in northeastern North Carolina. This year, Capehart used the experience to take the pulse of black Democrats in the...

It’s not doxing. It’s transparency.

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro, brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro, released the names of people who contributed to Donald Trump’s campaign. Critics screamed that Castro was “doxing” Trump supporters. The Civitas Institute says Castro is trying to...

Time for a reckoning

This morning The Atlantic published an article about the transfer of millions of acres of land from African-Americans to corporations in Mississippi. It comes on the heels of a story published in the New Yorker by ProPublica writer Lizzie Presser about black families...

Chief budget negotiator

The standoff over the budget is a great example of the perils of one-party rule. For most of this decade, Republicans in the legislature held veto-proof majorities, or close to it. They got accustomed to passing legislation and routinely overriding governors’ vetoes,...

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