Character and competence

Yesterday, Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, announced she’s stepping down. She’s been with the department since Cooper’s first term began and she stayed through a pandemic. She also received compliments from both...
Roy Cooper’s Remarkable Political Feat

Roy Cooper’s Remarkable Political Feat

When a Civitas Institute poll came out showing Governor Roy Cooper's approval rating two points underwater, Republicans rejoiced. They had been predicting an imminent decline in Cooper's public support essentially from the day he took office, and here was confirmation...

Gratitude

Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone will celebrate. Despite the difficult and divisive times we face, we still have much for which to be thankful. On a personal level, I’m thankful for my family. My parents are still with us and have lived well into their 80s in...

An unregulated militia

An unregulated militia

The Kyle Rittenhouse incident illustrates so many of the problems we’re facing in this country right now. I knew from watching the video that he would be acquitted of any charges related to shooting those people. I hoped that some law would hold him accountable for...

Trumpism

Trumpism

At a news conference recently, a reporter asked Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “Why is it that the only thing Republicans punish their own members for is speaking out against Donald Trump?” The question came after all but three Republicans refused to...

How to beat Madison Cawthorn

How to beat Madison Cawthorn

Madison Cawthorn says he switched districts to keep another establishment Republican out of Congress. That Republican was North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore. Moore is about as traditional a North Carolina Republican as you can get—solidly conservative on both...

Has the GOP Had Enough of Madison Cawthorn?

Has the GOP Had Enough of Madison Cawthorn?

Carolina Journal reporter and former North Carolina Republican Party executive director had a remarkable piece in Art Pope's magazine today. It could only be described as a hatchet job aimed at Congressman Madison Cawthorn, Republican of NC-14. In one brutal swing...

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