A little break

On most weekdays for the past nine years, I’ve gotten out of bed, usually around six o’clock or so, scanned social media, checked a few websites, and then written about 500 words, usually before 10am. (In the beginning, I read the newspaper, but I haven’t had an...
Three Questions After the Primary

Three Questions After the Primary

Yesterday saw one of the livelier primaries North Carolina has held in recent years. But for all the uncertainty surrounding outcomes when the polls closed, most of the highest-profile races shook out without surprises. We're heading toward November with a slate of...

Primary roundup

Primary roundup

The 2002 North Carolina primaries are now in the books. The major races across the state were settled and we won’t see any runoffs, at least for federal office. We’re on to November.  At the top of the ticket, there were no real surprises. Cheri Beasley handily...

Liz Cheney tells the truth

Liz Cheney tells the truth

This morning Liz Cheney Tweeted, “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOPleaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold...

Get the message right on Roe

Get the message right on Roe

If the Supreme Court guts Roe v. Wade, as the leaked opinion implies, then the political landscape going into the 2022 election is almost certainly changed. The election will focus on the impact of that decision and progressives need to take advantage of the new...

Towards A Neo-Moreheadism

Towards A Neo-Moreheadism

By 1840, when John Motley Morehead took office as governor of North Carolina, the illiteracy rate for white North Carolinians was 26%. Based on nationwide studies, we can infer that the illiteracy rate for enslaved Blacks could not have been lower than 95%. The state...

GOP family values

GOP family values

I sure hope I can stop writing about Madison Cawthorn after May 17. If I have to talk about him winning the primary, it says more about the Republican Party than it does about Cawthorn. Actually, all of it, his whole political saga, says a lot about the GOP. ...

The McConnell Court

The McConnell Court

If the leaked memo from Supreme Court is correct, Roe v Wade has been overturned. It’s a bit shocking, even if it was predictable. Conservatives are giddy, even if trying to focus more on the unprecedented leak than the impact on low-income women who can’t...

Conservative “Populism” is a Fraud

Conservative “Populism” is a Fraud

If the Republican Party is "populist," then where are the people? GOP politicians more and more relish the pose of tribune of the ordinary man and woman, but little has changed in the ideological makeup of their party. The Republican platform remains, overwhelmingly,...

Good news for Democrats? It’s all relative

Good news for Democrats? It’s all relative

Democrats got some good news from the ABC News-Washington Post poll yesterday. Mind you, good news is relative. The poll indicates that the political environment is no longer deteriorating for the party in power, not that they’re in any great shape as we head into the...

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