If Republicans want “election integrity”, they need a little integrity of their own

In watching the furor over the Georgia election law, it’s clear there’s a bit of hyperbole on the left. It’s not “Jim Crow” but please forgive Democrats if they don’t trust Republicans rewriting election laws. The GOP just tried to steal an election and few elected...
NC Senators propose HB2 on steroids

NC Senators propose HB2 on steroids

In the five years since HB2 tore the state apart, North Carolina Republican legislators have remained notably unrepentant. While cutting a deal to gradually phase out the law, they never renounced their motivations for passing the so-called "Bathroom Bill" that...

Dispatches from Bojangles

Dispatches from Bojangles

Last week, I was traveling a bunch. I’m not much of a fan of fast food but when I’m on the road, that’s what I tend to eat and I try to find a Bojangles. I found one on the outskirts of Asheville and went inside to eat, the first time I’ve sat down in a fast food...

Reward yourself

Reward yourself

I got my stimulus check yesterday and, like a good patriotic American, I bought a television. I clearly was not alone. The TV that I had seen on sale was sold out. In fact, almost every television in the “entry level,” as the salesperson described them, was sold out....

NC’s racist poster boy

NC’s racist poster boy

You'd think it difficult to supersede Madison Cawthorn as the greatest disgrace to North Carolina currently serving without honor in our delegation to the U.S. Congress, but Greg Murphy has got the young man beat. Joining in a twitter mob against Rep. Ilhan Omar, the...

Grifters gonna grift

Grifters gonna grift

Well, it turns out the Trump campaign bilked their own supporters out of millions of dollars. Using the GOP’s new small-dollar donor tool, WinRed, the campaign made all contributions default to monthly unless the giver checked a box to prevent the recurring donation....

The luckiest politician

The luckiest politician

Thom Tillis is the luckiest person in politics. A man with limited political skill and even less political conviction, he’s risen to the top echelon of American politics. He’s one of just 100 U.S. Senators and yet his favorability in the state he serves has rarely...

North Carolina’s History of Resilience

North Carolina’s History of Resilience

Southern history resembles chaotic weather on a dark winter day. Hail and sleet pelt the landscape, long stretches of time pass with no break in the clouds to reveal the shining sun, and, every so often, our solar system's reigning star emerges in a moment of...

A state of being

A state of being

This past weekend, we left our bubble of Carrboro to celebrate my son becoming a teenager. He wanted to go to the mountains to an area where “we don’t see many cars.” I had just the spot—a secluded cabin owned by a childhood friend in Transylvania County. It was a...

The case for Democratic optimism

The case for Democratic optimism

For years, North Carolina Democrats have predicted an imminent blue shift in the state. Demographics were supposed to be the driving force of the state's trend into the Democratic column. First the model was Virginia; more recently, Democrats have taken Georgia as an...

How the NC Republicans could help out state’s NFL team

You have to hand it to the Republican Party.Although the Republicans have only won the popular vote for the Presidency once in the last 28years…And although they are currently the minority in the House, the Senate, and have lost thePresidency…And although, they have...

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