So much for patriotism

Back in 2009, I walked into my house and noticed a shadow moving through my living room and saw broken glass strewn across the floor. I knew immediately that someone had broken into my house and that he was still there. I slowly backed out of the house. When I got...
The most impressive campaign

The most impressive campaign

In a post I wrote last week, I said that I didn’t think Pete Buttigieg could win North Carolina because the state isn’t ready to elect a gay man president. I should have said more. I don’t believe Buttigieg can win North Carolina and I don’t believe he will be the...

2020 predictions

2020 predictions

With the beginning of a new decade as well as a new year, I’ll venture into a few predictions. After the election of Donald Trump, I no longer have a lot of confidence in my ability to predict the electorate. That said, here goes. First, for the next decade. I predict...

Political stars of 2019

Political stars of 2019

In North Carolina, the political stars of 2019 were the Democrats in the North Carolina House and Senate. They showed that they’ve learned how to be a minority party. They upheld the Governor’s veto time and again without losing the news narrative. In the process,...

The civil wars within the parties

The civil wars within the parties

As the country goes through another political realignment, the two parties are engaged in civil wars that could reshape them both. On the Republican side, the war seems to be over. Trump and the populists won. On the Democratic side, the battle is still raging. This...

Putting larger values before smaller victories

Putting larger values before smaller victories

Yesterday, Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by North Carolinian Billy Graham, came out in support of Donald Trump’s removal from office, calling his behavior “profoundly immoral.” Editor-in-chief Mark Galli sharply criticized Democrats for the...

Meadows won’t run again

Meadows won’t run again

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach the president. This morning, we awoke to find that US Representative Mark Meadows, one of Donald Trump’s chief defenders, is not seeking re-election. Meadows was once chair of the Freedom Caucus, a group of...

Supply slide economics

Supply slide economics

Back in 1980, Jimmy Carter oversaw an economy crippled by stagflation. Unemployment was high and so was inflation. The loss of the Vietnam War was still stinging the national psyche when a group of Iranian students invaded the US Embassy in Tehran and took Americans...

A tale of two impeachments

A tale of two impeachments

This week, the US House of Representatives will almost certainly vote to impeach the president. Almost 21 years ago to the day, the House voted to impeach then-President Bill Clinton. The News & Observer has a good article that compares the two cases.  Back in the...

Dueling emails and the budget impasse

Dueling emails and the budget impasse

Over the past couple of weeks, the candidates for governor have been emailing state employees about legislative business. First, Governor Roy Cooper emailed principals asking them to share an "open letter" with employees about the lack of a state budget and, hence, no...

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