Plundering the poor

When North Carolina Republicans took power, one of the first things they did was change the tax code to benefit the wealthiest people in the state. They followed the same principles that the Reagan revolutionaries followed, shifting the tax burden from the rich to the...

Moore and MUGOs

In all the hoopla around school safety and gun violence, one group of citizens has been unrepresented: mentally unstable gun owners (MUGOs). While victims of gun violence get undue sympathy, support and, yes, news coverage, MUGOs have almost no voice. Fortunately,...

Extraordinary women

Yesterday reminded me that African-American women have had a powerful impact on our society and yet they’ve often been overlooked. Two North Carolina women who left a legacy of service and community passed away this week. Both beat the odds to live the lives they...

NC-08 moves up in the rankings

In North Carolina, races in the 9th and 13th Congressional districts have gotten most of the attention. Several prognosticators have called NC-09 a toss-up after Republican incumbent Robert Pittenger lost his primary to Mark Harris. Harris starts the race more than a...

The men behind the curtain

To look at GOP graphs explaining public education funding, you’d think that the legislature didn’t start paying for public schools until 2008. Every one begins with a downward trend for two years and then a dramatic upswing when Republicans took control. Like Oz the...

Cherokee County

Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains on the borders with Tennessee and Georgia, Cherokee County is the westernmost county in North Carolina. The county was formed in 1839 and named for the Cherokee tribe, a large portion of which had then recently been expelled...

Stay on message

Democrats have the right message on education and they need to stick with it. North Carolina is 37th in teacher pay and 39thin per pupil spending. Republicans in Raleigh let our public schools down, denying them text books, supplies and support staff. Instead, they’ve...

Now, that’s a Democratic budget

Roy Cooper released a budget yesterday that clearly outlines Democratic priorities. Republicans say it’s dead on arrival. Maybe so, but it sure sets up a fight in an election year. Cooper is betting that the priorities in his budget mirror the priorities of the state....

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