Tillis kicks off campaign wrapping himself around Trump

Thom Tillis kicked off his re-election campaign with an ad wrapping himself around Donald Trump. It’s a signal of how beholden the party is to the president and of Tillis’ naked political opportunism. The GOP has become more a cult of personality than a political...
Perspective on gerrymandering

Perspective on gerrymandering

Last night, the Senate approved new maps. Now, we have legislative districts that have been drawn by legislators and have bipartisan support. It’s been a long time coming, but don’t believe it’s the beginning of a trend. North Carolina still needs a better system for...

Moore’s narrative is lacking

Moore’s narrative is lacking

Yesterday, in the aftermath of the controversial vote to override Governor Cooper’s budget veto, House Speaker Tim Moore released what he titled “A True Recap of how the N.C. House Overrode the Budget Veto.” It’s a defense of the vote but it’s contradictory at times...

A tale of lies, deception and no consequences

A tale of lies, deception and no consequences

As president, Donald Trump has exposed the central flaw in our government and democracy. To work, it requires honest brokers. He’s not one and, as long as his party backs him up, there’s no way to hold him accountable. He lies with impunity and the GOP just looks the...

Mocking Democracy

Mocking Democracy

Today in the North Carolina General Assembly, most members of the House were not present. Apparently, Representative David Lewis had told Democratic leaders that there would be no votes this morning. Multiple reporters who cover the NCGA were told the same, and there...

A win is a win, but a trend is a trend

A win is a win, but a trend is a trend

Republicans can rest a little easier. The Trump fire wall in rural North Carolina held last night. Republican Greg Murphy won handily over Democrat Allen Thomas in NC-03 and, more importantly, Dan Bishop defeated Dan McCready in NC-09. In more normal times, both...

Special election figuring

Special election figuring

Tonight, North Carolina has two special elections. In NC-03, former Greenville mayor and Democrat Allen Thomas faces off against Republican state Representative Greg Murphy. In NC-09, Democrat Dan McCready and Republican state Senator Dan Bishop are engaged in a...

The evolution of the Charlotte GOP

The evolution of the Charlotte GOP

North Carolina’s special election tomorrow determines the final Congressional contest of 2019. One thing is certain: The next Congressman from the 9th District will hail from Charlotte. Both Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready live in Mecklenburg County...

Bishop could be the GOP canary in the coal mine

Bishop could be the GOP canary in the coal mine

Dan Bishop may be the GOP’s canary in the coal mine. He’s running in a special election against Democrat Dan McCready in a race that he should win. Donald Trump won the 9th Congressional District by 12 points. Bishop has wrapped himself around the president and has...

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