A Perry Mason moment at the SBOE

Yesterday saw stunning developments in the State Board of Elections hearing in NC-09. The day played out like a Greek tragedy with a son exposing the sins of a supposedly pious father. In an apparently surprise move, Mark Harris’ son, John, took the stand. Neither...

Dear GOP, listen to Senator Scott

Dear GOP, When the most one of the most prominent African-Americans in your party tells you that a guy has a disturbing racial history, you ought to listen, not rebuke him. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) understands the strategy used by Jesse Helms and the Republican Party...

Watch the freshmen

Back in 1994, Republicans steamrolled Democrats and ushered in a new class of freshmen legislators in North Carolina and Congress. With their victory, that freshman class completed the Reagan Revolution and changed politics in Washington and Raleigh. This year, the...

About that billionaire

I’m no fan of billionaires running our country. I don’t like Donald Trump and I’m not supportive of Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer or anyone else whose net worth reaches ten figures. I don’t think those people have any idea how the rest of us live and I don’t believe...

Winning is now the core Republican value

Yesterday, the North Carolina GOP held a press conference to announce, “You know all that noise we made about election integrity for the past decade? We were just kidding.” Instead, they’re advocating to seat a candidate who knowingly hired a convicted felon with...

Honor King by fixing the Voting Rights Act

As we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., today is good time to remember that Congress has failed to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court found section 4 of the act to be out of date in 2013 and left it up to Congress to amend...

Send a mayor to Washington

Since he was first elected, polls have shown Sen. Thom Tillis to have low favorability numbers. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in trouble since his numbers are similar to those Sen. Richard Burr carried throughout 2010 and 2016 when he won re-election, but it does...

The neo-Confederates lost

A friend noted that by removing Silent Sam’s pedestal, Carol Folt changed the facts on the ground. In other words, the debate is no longer about whether or not to take Sam down, but whether or not to put him back up. I suspect he’s down for good.  The neo-Confederates...

Silent Sam is about race, not law and order

Well, the UNC Board of Governors is kicking Carol Folt off campus. Instead of waiting until the end of the year, they’ve given her until the end of the month. And they’ve kicked her off campus because she removed a vestige of white supremacy. The whole episode shows...

Folt bolts, takes Sam with her

So it looks like the UNC Board of Governors has run off another employee. UNC-CH Chancelor Carol Folt announced she’s leaving at the end of the academic year, just weeks after UNC President Margaret Spellings announced her resignation. Since firing Tom Ross, the Board...

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