Tillis kicks off campaign wrapping himself around Trump

Thom Tillis kicked off his re-election campaign with an ad wrapping himself around Donald Trump. It’s a signal of how beholden the party is to the president and of Tillis’ naked political opportunism. The GOP has become more a cult of personality than a political...
Time for a reckoning

Time for a reckoning

This morning The Atlantic published an article about the transfer of millions of acres of land from African-Americans to corporations in Mississippi. It comes on the heels of a story published in the New Yorker by ProPublica writer Lizzie Presser about black families...

Chief budget negotiator

Chief budget negotiator

The standoff over the budget is a great example of the perils of one-party rule. For most of this decade, Republicans in the legislature held veto-proof majorities, or close to it. They got accustomed to passing legislation and routinely overriding governors’ vetoes,...

The bar for bigotry

The bar for bigotry

We’re in an age where the dangerous rhetoric of our top elected officials emboldens extremists to take action. The latest mass murder in El Paso offers the best example. The 21-year-old white supremacist who killed 20 people mimicked the language of Donald Trump in...

The Cohen Grand Bargain

The Cohen Grand Bargain

The chair of the State Board of Elections abruptly resigned this week after telling an off-color joke in front of a large audience of election officials from across the state. According to WRAL reporters, Bob Cordle has a history of making inappropriate...

The Democratic field, post-debate

The Democratic field, post-debate

I didn’t watch any of the first night of the debates this week and only watched about forty-five minutes of the one last night. I don’t think they matter that much except for whittling down the ridiculously large field. Nobody’s paying much attention at this point in...

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