No to states’ rights. Yes to a Third Reconstruction.

"All we ask is to be left alone." -Jefferson Davis This arch traitor and leading contender for Worst American Who Ever Lived, knew what his kind needed to maintain their unjust ideal. To leave the South alone meant, simply, to deprive Southern black Americans of their...

Weasel

Yesterday, I wrote “We’re about to see if Thom Tillis stands by the courage of his convictions.” Well, he doesn’t. His convictions are about as firm and malleable as modelling clay.  After penning an op-ed that laid out the case for opposing Donald Trump’s...

A Tillis-Walker primary?

We’re about to see if Sen. Thom Tillis really stands by the courage of his convictions. A couple of weeks ago, he wrote an op-ed explaining why he would vote to block Trump’s emergency declaration to secure money for his border wall. Tillis laid out a plain case for...

Some unpopular opinions, if you’re a Democrat

I’ve got a bunch of unpopular opinions right now—at least it you’re a Democrat. It’s probably time I took a little abuse from my side of the aisle, so here goes.  First, I think Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should listen more and talk less. She’s a very talented...

Cooper’s Quiet Victory

Governor Cooper is not known for booming rhetoric, and in the same quiet way that he might deliver his speeches he has gone about dramatically shifting the balance of the North Carolina judiciary. Yesterday, Governor Cooper appointed North Carolina Court of Appeals...

Tillis is more vulnerable than history suggests

The pattern of North Carolina Senate races has been fairly stable since the decline of the "Solid South." The elections are always hard-fought--by some measures, the most competitive in America--but Republicans prevail more often than not. 2014's race followed that...

Still struggling

Last week, the News & Observer noted what most middle-class North Carolinians know is true. Our economy may be better than it was when the Great Recession left us with almost 10% unemployment but it’s not the powerhouse that Republicans promised they’d bring...

When unintended consequences are deadly

Republicans want to see more guns in classrooms. If I had written that ten years ago, the GOP would have screamed that I was using scare tactics, just like they did when people warned that they would cut funding to public schools and universities. Today, per pupil...

Perspective: March 7th

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The state of the US Senate race in NC

Yesterday, twitter announced that North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will take a pass on the US Senate race against incumbent Thom Tillis. Other articles noted that Republicans frustrated with Tillis for opposing Trump’s emergency declaration are talking about...

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