Originalism and the Independent State Legislature Doctrine

The Supreme Court is going to take up another North Carolina redistricting case next week. This time, the North Carolina legislature is arguing that the General Assembly has the sole responsibility for overseeing federal elections, including drawing Congressional...
Mark Robinson is not fascinating

Mark Robinson is not fascinating

Few tropes in North Carolina political discourse annoy me more than the claim that Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson is "fascinating." In a state that elected Jesse Helms to five terms in the U.S. Senate, a political career fueled by bigotry hardly registers as...

My first Post post about Twitter

My first Post post about Twitter

I’ve joined Post and am trying to join Mastodon, but glitches have kept me out so far. I’m not leaving Twitter just yet. It’s still the primary information sharing platform and I still want to read what people are saying and sharing. That said, I believe we are about...

R.I.P. Dad

R.I.P. Dad

October 6, 1932-November 24, 2022 Frank Fetzer Mills died at the Cyprus of Charlotte of heart disease on Thanksgiving morning. He was born in Wadesboro, NC, on October 6, 1932, the youngest of four children born to Fred Moore and Zeta Fetzer Mills. Fetzer embraced...

Thanks

Thanks

This year, I’m thankful for the future Permanent Select Committee on Hunter Biden’s Laptop. Republicans are already getting themselves into a lather about another fake scandal that will keep their base outraged while alienating the rest of the country. They will...

Divided government and 2024

Divided government and 2024

Well, the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House is changing. Democrats will be led by Hakeem Jeffries and Kevin McCarthy will probably be Speaker, though that's still not certain. Democrats, led nationally by Joe Biden, will push for legislation that helps...

Nobody Forces White Racists to be Racist

Nobody Forces White Racists to be Racist

The preference for privilege over prosperity is a Southern pathology of age-old vintage. Race ideology came into play early in the region's history, when white slavers persuaded the indentured servant class to identify with masters on the basis of skin color. And this...

North Carolina is still purple

North Carolina is still purple

Republicans in North Carolina are crowing that the election results show that the state is trending red. Don’t believe them. Nothing really changed outside of district lines. The state is still a swing state that tilts toward the GOP. Ted Budd may have won the state,...

Younger voters and younger writers

Younger voters and younger writers

Over the weekend, a spat erupted on Twitter between veteran political operatives and two opinion writers at the McClatchy papers in the state. Ford Porter, communications director for Governor Cooper and Dallas Woodhouse, former executive director of the North...

Upending conventional wisdom

Upending conventional wisdom

I’ve spent the days since the election watching results, reading takes, and engaging analysts so I have a lot of thoughts right now. The election upended a lot of conventional wisdom. This post could be long, winding, and disjointed. I’ll get down a few ideas and...

The widening urban rural-divide and other thoughts

The widening urban rural-divide and other thoughts

In North Carolina, the election turned out about like I expected. Ted Budd beat Cheri Beasley, the GOP took control of the Supreme Court, and Republicans added seats in both houses of the legislature. On the bright side, Wiley Nickel won the state’s one competitive...

Democrats’ steep climb on election day

Democrats’ steep climb on election day

Despite all of the noise and competing narratives, early vote totals don’t look very good for Democrats. There are some unknowns in the numbers, but several indicators fall significantly behind 2018 totals. The problems also don’t look evenly distributed. The election...

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