Extraordinary women

Yesterday reminded me that African-American women have had a powerful impact on our society and yet they’ve often been overlooked. Two North Carolina women who left a legacy of service and community passed away this week. Both beat the odds to live the lives they...

Rigging academia

For years conservatives have complained that liberals are controlling our colleges and universities, especially public ones, and squashing academic freedom. Now, it turns out that private donors are using their money to exert influence over the administration of...

Why money matters

We’re in the final days before the primary elections end. We’ve got more contested Congressional, legislative and municipal primaries than at any time in recent memory, yet turnout is likely to be very low. No heated contest at the top of the ticket is driving anybody...

Party of grifters

Under the leadership and example of Donald Trump, the GOP has openly become a party of grifters, using positions of power and influence to benefit themselves and their cronies. The latest example is over at the UNC Board of Governors. The next chair has been trying to...

Thanks for the memories

The Cave closed for the last time last night. I wasn’t there when they locked the doors and I haven’t spent much time there for the past decade or so, but it was a place that had a huge influence in my life. The people I met there and the scene they created are a...

Catawba County

Catawba County is a large, populous county in the western Piedmont region of North Carolina. Located directly northwest of Charlotte and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Catawba County is considered part of the transitional Foothills terrain straddling the Piedmont...

Truth to power

John Blust and Trey Gowdy almost make me want to reconsider my opposition to term limits. Unbound by the need to get re-elected, they’re speaking truth power and in both cases the power is their own party. We need voices of reason and less of the tribe. John Blust...

NC Congressional polls

Andrew Dunn has created a great new site called Longleaf Politics that, among other things, is tracking polls in North Carolina. The most recent entries look at Congressional races in NC-09 and NC-13. The polls were conducted by PPP for the Democratic SuperPAC Patriot...

A look at a GOP primary poll

I got a glimpse of a poll in a GOP legislative primary and it should give Republican incumbents a shudder. It’s just one district, but there’s an indication that their base is not happy with their elected officials. That feeling could hurt turnout in both the primary...

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