The GOP unzipped

This year feels increasingly like 2006. Back then, the Republican Party was fighting off scandals, wars, botched responses to natural disasters, and numerous self-inflicted wounds. This year, the pandemic and the reckoning over race have replaced the wars and natural...
PoliticsNC Book Club: Days of Fire

PoliticsNC Book Club: Days of Fire

If journalism is the first draft of history, surely we are far enough removed from the George W. Bush administration for New York Times reporter Peter Baker's "Days of Fire" to be a chronicle of our national past. It has been a long time since the swaggering Texan...

Stone Generals and the Sounds of Silence

Stone Generals and the Sounds of Silence

Stone generals of any war are not only shrines, they are politicians who silently speak to the values of a people at a historical moment. But those moments are transient, like the politicians themselves. Times change; values change. Politicians and statues are removed...

Losing faith

Losing faith

Yesterday, a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 15 points. A Fox News poll has Trump trailing by eight. Given the state of the nation, those numbers make sense. The Trump administration failed to enact a national program to combat...

Here’s how NC can do reparations

Here’s how NC can do reparations

In a path breaking act of penitence, the Asheville city council voted 7-0 to provide reparations to Black community members. The legacy of slavery is active in Asheville, as it is in the rest of the state. Given that Asheville produced some of the more racially...

Take me back to yesterday

Take me back to yesterday

Last week, Thom Tillis told the Republican state convention, “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we’re going to win? Because people remember how good their lives were back in February.” Tillis unwittingly laid bare the problem Republicans...

A fundamental failure of leadership

A fundamental failure of leadership

I was very disappointed to see Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger attack members of the body he’s supposed to be leading. In a medium post, he accuses Democrats of being “mask hypocrites,” showing photos of Democratic Senators not wearing masks. I cannot imagine...

An incentives policy for the people

An incentives policy for the people

Critics of Governor Cooper sometimes snarkily ask why, if he thinks corporate tax cuts are a mistake, he awards incentives to industrial prospects. Facially, it's a clever point. If reducing a company's tax liability sparks the creation of jobs, even a progressive...

Listen to the experts, not conservatives

Listen to the experts, not conservatives

The debate over re-opening the state continues to rage, despite pretty clear evidence of what will happen. When other states decided they were going to open, critics in North Carolina complained that Roy Cooper was leaving us behind and costing us revenue and jobs by...

Is Tillis a drag on Trump?

Is Tillis a drag on Trump?

Support for Donald Trump is continuing to deteriorate in North Carolina. A PPP poll yesterday shows him trailing Joe Biden by four in the state, 50-46. That’s two points more than it was just a few weeks ago and reflects findings from other polls last week that show...

My Experience With the Gay Blood Ban

My Experience With the Gay Blood Ban

In March of this year, my family and I tested positive for the Coronavirus. We had the frightening experience of realizing COVID-19 was actually causing our flu-like symptoms, and we were not suffering from a common cold. My parents, both my sisters and their...

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