Trump and the N-word

Donald Trump came to North Carolina this weekend to campaign for Ted Budd and other candidates. Of course, much of the event was Trump airing his grievances and touting his victimhood because it’s always all about Donald. Still, the stage was full of Trump sycophants,...
Where I’m Coming From

Where I’m Coming From

Before I plunge into the content of this piece, I want to thank everyone who has read my columns over the years. I have been writing for PoliticsNC for nine years, beginning when Thomas Mills generously allowed me to join his new venture, and with the exception of the...

A good week for democracy and the rule of law

A good week for democracy and the rule of law

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock There’s no shortage of reasons to feel that our democracy is in peril. A substantial portion of the population seems to believe that our system of government is unable to cope with the pressures placed on it by changing cultural...

Tribalism and fundamentals at work

Tribalism and fundamentals at work

For years, I used to tell people who said, “Well, I vote for the person not the party,” that once that person is elected, they vote with party in Congress or the state legislature. Now, that message has clearly sunk in and while I might have been right, I wish I...

Ted Budd is a threat to democracy

Ted Budd is a threat to democracy

So Ted Budd refuses to commit to accepting the election results in November. When asked why, his campaign manager “claimed without evidence that Cheri Beasley, the Democratic nominee and a former State Supreme Court justice, might try to disenfranchise voters,”...

The Power of Women’s Outrage is Real

The Power of Women’s Outrage is Real

Furnifold Simmons, the son of a slave-driver and the master of white supremacy in Jim Crow North Carolina, had a woman problem. His marriage was strong and no one, at least no racist, questioned his ethics, but thousands of his (white) female constituents had suddenly...

Dark fantasies

Dark fantasies

Every so often, an event captures the imagination of conservatives that lays bare how deeply bigotry is ingrained in the movement. This month, it’s been mermaids and Hobbits. When Amazon Prime introduced Black actors playing Hobbits, conservatives screamed,...

Deep state Lindsey Graham?

Deep state Lindsey Graham?

Yesterday, Lindsey Graham announced that he is introducing a bill to ban abortion across the country after 15 weeks. He took Republicans by surprise as many GOP candidates are trying to downplay the issue in their races. Candidates in swing states immediately...

How to Beat Mark Robinson

How to Beat Mark Robinson

Politics usually revolves around multiple axes. Philosophical conflict, fiscal priorities, disagreements on America's role in the world, and the very nature of society coexist on the interlocking planes of political dispute. But once every few generations, policy...

Misreading history

Misreading history

As I mentioned in a blog post last week, the John Locke Foundation is making a movie. It’s a love story set in Wilmington at the time of the 1898 massacre and coup. According to Amy O. Cooke, CEO of the JLF, “One group not thrilled with our project is the...

Telling the Truth on the GOP

Telling the Truth on the GOP

After Joe Biden’s speech in Philadelphia last week, Republicans screamed, probably a bit too loudly. They were outraged, calling Biden “divisive” and accusing him of “pitting his fellow Americans against each other.”  They had never heard a President of the United...

The starting bell

The starting bell

Happy Labor Day! It’s that time of year to remember that if you enjoy the weekend, thank the labor movement. If you believe in the 40-hour work week and overtime pay, thank the labor movement. If you are glad we have child labor laws, thank the labor movement. If you...

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