The emptiest of suits

There have been few empty suits as empty as Thom Tillis. Sure, we have a lot of politicians who want to be something more than they want to do something. But few get so far standing for so little as Thom Tillis.  Yesterday, when Tillis was asked whether he...
RIP, Jack

RIP, Jack

Michael McKinney died yesterday. He was 55 years old. I knew him as Jack Whitebread, a moniker he brought with him when he moved to Chapel Hill in the mid-1980s. Sometime before that, when he lived in Bloomington, Indiana, he went by the name Rat Rondell.  Jack...

Impeachment

Impeachment

What a week. It’s only Wednesday and the North Carolina House minority Leader took to a press conference to call out the GOP House leadership for lying. The president of UNC Board of Governors resigned, continuing the GOP’s legacy of failed governance of our...

There are bigger battles to fight

There are bigger battles to fight

Yesterday, Democratic House Minority Leader Darren Jackson called out the GOP leadership for lying about the circumstances of the budget veto override vote last week. He says a look at security footage shows Republicans calm and clearly understanding what was...

RIP Dean Westmoreland

RIP Dean Westmoreland

Dean Westmoreland died last week. He was a teacher from Kings Mountain and former president of the North Carolina Association of Educators. In my political education, he was a giant.  I met Dean when I moved to Shelby in the spring of 1993. After a decade of...

Perspective on gerrymandering

Perspective on gerrymandering

Last night, the Senate approved new maps. Now, we have legislative districts that have been drawn by legislators and have bipartisan support. It’s been a long time coming, but don’t believe it’s the beginning of a trend. North Carolina still needs a better system for...

Moore’s narrative is lacking

Moore’s narrative is lacking

Yesterday, in the aftermath of the controversial vote to override Governor Cooper’s budget veto, House Speaker Tim Moore released what he titled “A True Recap of how the N.C. House Overrode the Budget Veto.” It’s a defense of the vote but it’s contradictory at times...

A tale of lies, deception and no consequences

A tale of lies, deception and no consequences

As president, Donald Trump has exposed the central flaw in our government and democracy. To work, it requires honest brokers. He’s not one and, as long as his party backs him up, there’s no way to hold him accountable. He lies with impunity and the GOP just looks the...

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