2020 NC election will echo through history

Every North Carolina election has the feel of an epic showdown. Since 2010, our elections have been contests between purified forms of progressive and reactionary politics. This decade has seen more turmoil than at any time since the civil rights era. But more than a...

Despite everything, the system held

Yesterday brought the stunning conclusion to the election fraud case in NC-09. After a morning of making false statements, Mark Harris took the stand, said that he was not physically or mentally up to testifying, had made misstatements and believed that a new election...

Talking with Wayne Goodwin

I talked with NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin about the debacle that is the 9th Congressional District. Here’s where you can listen to us:  Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Stitcher.

A Perry Mason moment at the SBOE

Yesterday saw stunning developments in the State Board of Elections hearing in NC-09. The day played out like a Greek tragedy with a son exposing the sins of a supposedly pious father. In an apparently surprise move, Mark Harris’ son, John, took the stand. Neither...

Implausible deniability

Yesterday, Andy Yates, the general consultant for Mark Harris' campaign in NC-09, testified before the State Board of Elections. He reminded me of Sargent Schultz from the 1960s sitcom Hogan’s Hero, saying essentially “I see nothing. I know nothing.” And when the...

Election fraud up close and personal

After months of news reports, we finally got a good look at the people in Bladen County involved in the election fraud in the 9thCongressional District. Most seemed unwitting participants in the scheme but they also indicated an effort to cover up their activities led...

Mark Harris and Merrick Garland

The headline in the News & Observer today notes that Dan McCready wants a new election. Of course he does. That’s not exactly news. The question, though, is whether or not he gets one.  The State Board of Elections meets today and tomorrow to determine how to...

Talking with Rep. Graig Meyer

I met with Rep. Graig Meyer on Wednesday, February 13th, to talk about the 2018 elections, some salient issues in the current session, and what he sees as the big picture items facing the state in the year(s) to come. Here’s where you can find us:  Apple...

Meme time

Thom Tillis just begged the country to turn his appearance on the Senate floor into a meme. Apparently, Tillis botched Valentine's Day last year and forgot to send his wife a card or flowers. He's making up for it by going on C-Span to show her and the nation that he,...

Survivor Act Context

I wrote a column this week for the Salisbury Post, where I lauded the bipartisan efforts of the General Assembly and Attorney General Josh Stein in pushing the Survivor Act. Briefly, the act would provide millions of dollars to continue testing the embarrassingly...

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