Perspective Podcast: January 17th

This is the first episode of Perspective, a new podcast from Politics NC where Thomas Mills and Kirk Kovach discuss what's going on in the Tar Heel State. Subscribe to get weekly updates on news, politics and more. Here's where else you can listen to us: Apple...

Undermining democracy

Yesterday, a right-wing evangelical group reported potential election fraud in a Mecklenburg state house district and demanded the Rachel Hunt, the Democratic victor in the election, not be seated. The accusations have little merit. Instead, they have two goals:...

Primaries begin today

Today marks the beginning of primary season. While I’m sure more will emerge in coming weeks, Cal Cunningham’s announcement today that he’s running for lieutenant governor sets up a challenge to Democratic state senator Terry Van Duyn of Buncombe County. Let the races...

More Secrecy in Raleigh

Colin Campbell, editor of the Insider, published a column today describing the new changes slated for the legislature when they arrive for the 2019 session in a few short days. Most strikingly, Republican legislative leaders have decided to move the location of the...

New faces, new expectations

Democrats start the first full week of 2019 in a better position than they’ve had in years. The new Congress was sworn in last week and Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel again. My #NCPOL twitter feed was full of new legislators taking the oath of office this...

2020 Tracker

Politics N.C. has developed a feature to track current and potential candidates for the 2020 presidential, congressional, Council of State, and state appellate court elections.

The Healthcare Vote That Republicans Missed in the Midterms

Now that a federal judge has sided with 20 states to strike down the 2010 Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) as unconstitutional, the political effects of the healthcare issue have returned to center stage. Even before that Dec. 14 decision, however, voters in the 2018 midterm elections were focused on healthcare, with 41% telling exit pollsters it was the most important issue to their vote — the highest of any issue rated.

80% of life is showing up

Last week, the legislature met to determine whether to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would change the board of elections and severely hamper the ongoing investigation of the Harris election fraud scandal in NC-09. Republicans needed 60% of the...

Moving goalposts and priorities

The Republican's response to the Harris Scandal in NC-09 has been a continual moving of the goalposts. As I mentioned yesterday, their initial reaction was a proper one of shock and a bit of dismay, even though Republican twitter screamed continuously, “But the...

When words have no meaning

I must admit I made a mistake. Before Christmas, I praised NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and party chair Robin Hayes for calling for a new election in the tainted 9thCongressional District race. I was wrong. I took them at their words and now know that...

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