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...

An historic appointment and a classless response

Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper made an historic appointment when he named Cheri Beasley the first black woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Beasley has been on the Supreme Court since 2012 and has been a judge for a more than 20 years....

Mark Harris should stop talking

If I were Mark Harris’ attorney, I’d tell him to stop talking to the press. Every time the GOP candidate in the NC-09 election debacle goes on the record, he makes himself look guilty or stupid or both. He just reinforces the need for a more in depth investigation...

Walter Jones, Jr., last of the Southern Democrats

Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. died yesterday. He’s been absent from the House since the fall and his family announced that Jones was in hospice care last week. His death is a loss for people who believe politics should be based on principle.  Jones spent the last...

Cooper’s Rescission was Right

Though it likely went under the radar for most, Governor Cooper rescinded a controversial choice for the North Carolina Human Relations Commission this week. Lawana Mayfield is currently on the Charlotte City Council, and in December the Governor appointed her to the...

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