In NC, remarkably stable races

Kaiser Family Foundation and the Cook Political Report have an in depth poll about the state of the race in North Carolina. It shows a state leaning toward the Democrats but with some hope for Republicans. With just over six weeks to go, the GOP is still playing catch...
Just not believable

Just not believable

When a campaign attacks its opponent, the hit usually only works if the attack is both true and believable. The Republicans seem to be attacking Joe Biden for being an extremist or at least beholden to extremists. They’re telling voters that if Donald Trump is not...

Gary Pearce: Sic semper tyrannis

Gary Pearce: Sic semper tyrannis

We Americans have no tolerance for tyrants.  We fought a revolution to get rid of the King. We fought a civil war to get rid of slavery. We fought World War II to get rid of the Nazis.  Earlier this year, people across North Carolina and the nation protested...

Lawless and disordered

Lawless and disordered

Former state Representative David Lewis is the face of privilege and GOP hypocrisy. The party calling for law and order doesn’t think that should apply to well-connected white guys who rigged the system. Lewis somehow came out of federal court with nothing more than...

In the GOP’s America, standing in history’s door

In the GOP’s America, standing in history’s door

The America we’re seeing right now is not just Trump’s America. It’s the GOP’s America. After two decades to demanding no restrictions on guns and militarizing our police, we have overly aggressive law enforcement officers making the assumption that everyone is armed,...

The costs of a decade-long assault on government

The costs of a decade-long assault on government

Sometimes political rhetoric can embed itself in the psyche of a nation. Almost 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan changed the country with one simple sentence: "government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem." Since then, Americans of both parties...

Two starkly different views of America

Two starkly different views of America

Over the past few months, Democrats have held steady leads in most of North Carolina. A Morning Consult poll out yesterday has Cal Cunningham up by eight points, 47-39 and has Joe Biden leading Trump by three, 49-46. Numbers like that have been steady for most of the...

David Lewis is a cautionary tale

David Lewis is a cautionary tale

David Lewis offers a cautionary tale for those entering politics. Lewis is ending his career in disgrace after rising to the top of the GOP House leadership. He’s pleading guilty to transferring $65,000 from his campaign to a bank account for a business he established...

Trump to MAGA sheep: Boycott America

Trump to MAGA sheep: Boycott America

We’ve normalized Trump. Despite every warning when he was initially elected, the American media and American public shrug at behavior that should be cause for dismissal from office. Certainly, his actions should make him unelectable. That they don’t says a lot about...

America’s party

America’s party

For years, we’ve heard Republicans talk about “real Americans.” It’s code for white, rural and, usually, working class. We’ll see photos of people in trucks or with guns, usually with patriotic symbols like flags or eagles easily visible. Think a Chevy commercial for...

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