Notes from Scandanavia

I’m back from Sweden. It was a great trip. I learned quite a bit and look forward to going back to learn more.  The first lesson I learned is that magnesium gel caps explode under pressure. They cover everything in a white pasty substance that’s hard to get out...
Democrats Still Need an Economic Message

Democrats Still Need an Economic Message

For all their struggles in subsequent years, North Carolina Democrats still haven't felt the depths of futility that pervaded the party in the wake of the 2012 election. As I recently said to a colleague, the Donkey Party could not even afford to hold a full banquet...

NC Republicans Are Policy Imperialists

NC Republicans Are Policy Imperialists

When UNC announced its hire of Nikole Hannah-Jones, my first response was not excitement but "well, let's hope for the best." For anyone who had followed the antics of UNC's political overseers since 2011 could tell that a smooth implementation of the hire was...

The GOP’s new best friend

The GOP’s new best friend

I’m so tired of the Critical Race Theory debate. I’ve been hearing a version of it all my life. It’s just more dog whistles designed to scare and  motivate the GOP’s White, predominantly rural base. In the past, Black men were going to take White women. Then, they...

The money race in North Carolina

The money race in North Carolina

The fundraising numbers are in for the second quarter and the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina is taking shape. That said, fundraising has changed dramatically in the past few election cycles and what would once have gotten an eye-popping response gets little more...

New Report Explains How NC has Failed Its Workers

New Report Explains How NC has Failed Its Workers

A new report from the research and advocacy group Carolina Forward shines a light on one of North Carolina's greatest failures: the failure to support hourly workers. In clear, fast-paced prose supplemented by graphics and charts, Carolina Forward runs through the...

The damage is real

The damage is real

Joe Killian is killin’ it. The Policy Watch reporter got most of the scoops in the Nikole Hannah-Jones debacle and he’s been documenting the damage that the GOP has done to the University of North Carolina. Snubbing Hannah-Jones certainly grabbed national attention,...

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