Betting on racism

Donald Trump is in the state today to rally his troops. He’ll be in Greenville in the heart of eastern North Carolina for a Make America Great rally. Senator Thom Tillis and NC Congressman Mark Meadows, head of the Freedom Caucus, will be by his side On the day before...

Jefferson’s story is our story

On Monday night, the Charlottesville, Virginia, city council voted to scrap a city holiday honoring Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States.  They will...

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...

The theocrats

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest caused an uproar in a talk he gave at a church last week. He articulated what Christian conservatives have believed about our country, and more specifically, our region since the end of the Civil War. He said, “[N]o other nation, my...

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...

On gerrymandering, what next?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to redistricting reform. In a 5-4 decision, the Court declared that the federal courts are not the place to remedy the problems caused by gerrymandering. The conservative Justices declared that it’s a political...

Break outs and break downs

Democrats had two nights of debates with 20 candidates on two stages. It was clearly a less than perfect set up. Too many people are in the race. As I watched the debates with my brothers and parents, they kept asking, “Who is that person?”  None of the also-rans...

Tillis and the cult of personality

It must be hard to be a Republican these days. Instead of a party based on ideas, it’s a party based on a cult of personality. When Senator Thom Tillis tried to establish himself as a man who stands on principle, he was rebuffed by the Trump wing of party for breaking...

Another bill for the base

Heading into the 2020 election cycle, Republicans in the legislature are hitting all the buttons to fire up their base. We had the so-called “Born Alive” bill to excite the anti-abortion wing of the party and let them feel good about themselves by opposing baby...

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