Giving away the Grand Old Party

Armed militia stormed the Michigan statehouse and a North Carolina Subway, threatening governors over stay-at-home orders designed to keep coronavirus from spreading. Donald Trump accused television personality Joe Scarborough of murder despite no evidence to back up...
PoliticsNC Book Club-Michael Jordan: The Life

PoliticsNC Book Club-Michael Jordan: The Life

Few icons are as deeply woven into North Carolina's cultural fabric as the game of basketball. After hard days in the textile mills or tobacco fields, North Carolinians would huddle around black-and-white TVs to watch Southern Conference, and later ACC, roundball. At...

“Let people die” is a losing message

“Let people die” is a losing message

The dumbest messaging I think I’ve ever seen in politics is the “let people die” mantra of the GOP. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro made the argument that most people who are dying from COVID-19 are over 80 years old and life expectancy is only 80 so they...

Polls show NC Democrats in a strong position

Polls show NC Democrats in a strong position

The polling drought has broken in North Carolina. For the first three years of the Trump era, public opinion surveys were agonizingly scarce in the Tar Heel State. That's because the state did not have any nationally relevant elections in 2018. State political junkies...

Reopen NC echoes the Goldwater movement

Reopen NC echoes the Goldwater movement

Fifty-six years ago, a political campaign carried with it an edge of extremism. It was conservative insurgency of Barry Goldwater, propelled by a groundswell of right-wing energy largely emanating from the South and West, that conquered the Republican Party. The...

The federal failure

The federal failure

We’ve been had. For forty years, Republicans have been telling us that government is the problem and that it is too incompetent to provide vital services. The free market, they told us, is the best vehicle to get the greatest benefit to the most people. Government is...

Poll: Forest is getting crushed

Poll: Forest is getting crushed

Yet another poll shows Republicans struggling in North Carolina. The latest SurveyUSA poll shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump 50 to 45. Biden crossing the 50 percent threshold should especially worry the GOP because that means Trump could win all of the undecided...

Joe’s Show Biz Shindig: Hit or Miss?

Joe’s Show Biz Shindig: Hit or Miss?

Joe Biden and show biz buddies assembled for a virtual fundraiser on Thursday night. Organizers modeled the format on a recent Rosie O’Donnell livestream extravaganza for The Actors Fund, featuring a parade of celebrity performances and chats. Success was not...

The chameleon

The chameleon

Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper laid out a measured plan for opening up the state. He extended the stay-at-home order until May 8 and set out benchmarks for easing restrictions in phases over the next couple of months. He largely followed the protocols set forth by the...

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