Mocking Democracy

Today in the North Carolina General Assembly, most members of the House were not present. Apparently, Representative David Lewis had told Democratic leaders that there would be no votes this morning. Multiple reporters who cover the NCGA were told the same, and there...
Medicaid Expansion: Now, Not Later

Medicaid Expansion: Now, Not Later

Then-candidate Roy Cooper made Medicaid expansion a key plank in his list of issues. Now, two years into his tenure, is the first real opportunity to do it. With Democrats clawing back a handful of seats both in the House and Senate last year, Republicans no longer...

Progressivism’s Double-Edge Sword

Progressivism’s Double-Edge Sword

Over the course of the last week, the Democratic debates have demonstrated in succinct form what has been known since at least 2016: The Democratic Party is shifting leftward. Or is it? Certainly, the leftward flank of the party is ascendant now. On the heels of...

Failing Upwards, Revisited

Failing Upwards, Revisited

Last December I put together a little piece examining the fact that former Rep. Justin Burr, from Stanly, snagged a prime job right off of his electoral defeat. Burr, who has no experience at all in the field for which he would be responsible in this job, skated...

Daily Perspective: June 19

Daily Perspective: June 19

Though Eric Mansfield and Cal Cunningham are making the biggest splash, today we examine two other candidates in the Democratic primary who have been running for a few months now: Erica Smith and Trevor Fuller, and what it takes for them to compete in a statewide...

Organizing the South

Organizing the South

The Southern United States has always been averse to the idea of unionized workforces. At its core, much of that is born out of the agrarian history of the region. From the nation’s inception, the South has been an economy driven by agriculture. In fact, the “peculiar...

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