Scaring voters to the polls in NC-09

Donald Trump is coming to North Carolina again. This time, he’s coming to rally the troops for Sen. Dan Bishop in the special election in NC-09. Last time he was in the state, he drew national attention when the crowd started chanting “Send her back!” after he...
Chief budget negotiator

Chief budget negotiator

The standoff over the budget is a great example of the perils of one-party rule. For most of this decade, Republicans in the legislature held veto-proof majorities, or close to it. They got accustomed to passing legislation and routinely overriding governors’ vetoes,...

The bar for bigotry

The bar for bigotry

We’re in an age where the dangerous rhetoric of our top elected officials emboldens extremists to take action. The latest mass murder in El Paso offers the best example. The 21-year-old white supremacist who killed 20 people mimicked the language of Donald Trump in...

The Cohen Grand Bargain

The Cohen Grand Bargain

The chair of the State Board of Elections abruptly resigned this week after telling an off-color joke in front of a large audience of election officials from across the state. According to WRAL reporters, Bob Cordle has a history of making inappropriate...

The Democratic field, post-debate

The Democratic field, post-debate

I didn’t watch any of the first night of the debates this week and only watched about forty-five minutes of the one last night. I don’t think they matter that much except for whittling down the ridiculously large field. Nobody’s paying much attention at this point in...

Fair weather friend?

Fair weather friend?

This weekend, Donald Trump went off on another racist tirade. Out of the blue, he blasted Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who is black, for representing “a disgusting rat infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The Baltimore district is a...

Dan, Donald and Diversity

Dan, Donald and Diversity

It's been about a month since the infamous diversity episode with Lt. Gov, and gubernatorial aspirant, Dan Forest. If you've already forgotten, and given the pace of news these days it's no small feat to remember last month, let alone last week, Forest was speaking at...

R.I.P. Leanne Powell, 1968-2019

R.I.P. Leanne Powell, 1968-2019

Leanne Powell passed away following a stroke. Powell was an entrepreneur, political consultant, Congressional staffer and local hero. She lived much of her life with one foot in the world of national politics and the other firmly planted in the central piedmont of...

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