Trump and populist legacies

Yesterday, Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia Center for Politics tweeted a photo of an old newspaper with the headline “Effort Being Made to Impeach Gov. Long.” The article refers to Huey Long, the governor and US Senator of Louisiana who ruled the state...
Jesse Helms created Thom Tillis’ primary problem

Jesse Helms created Thom Tillis’ primary problem

The North Carolina Republican party spent its birth and adolescence as a progressive force. Initially based in the Appalachian mountains, where hardy yeomen voted on antipathy to the state's secessionist elite, it gained a foothold in urban areas as the 20th century...

The GOP exodus has begun

The GOP exodus has begun

In an extraordinary move, three members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners announced that they are leaving the Republican Party. One, David Guice, is a former state representative and Page Lemel’s father, Bill Ives, served as a Republican legislator...

Bad actors and Russian dupes

Bad actors and Russian dupes

If you’re saying that the Ukrainians interfered with our elections, you’re either bad or dumb. There’s really not much in between. I’ll give Senator Richard Burr the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s the latter.  When Burr, who is the chair of the Senate...

One man out, another in?

One man out, another in?

Garland Tucker dropped out of the GOP Senate primary in North Carolina yesterday. Thom Tillis must be feeling a bit relieved but it could be short lived. After the courts approved the newly-drawn congressional districts yesterday, two other Republican Congressmen...

A trust fund for Sam

A trust fund for Sam

The email came from interim UNC-CH Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. Silent Sam would never return to the UNC campus. That seemed like good news on the day before Thanksgiving. But that was just half of the news.  Guskiewicz didn’t mention the $2.5 million...

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy

In the Carolina Journal, John Hood wrote about the parallels he saw in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump and the pipeline investigation into Roy Cooper. Perhaps it was meant to impugn the governor by comparing him to President Trump and the rampant corruption...

Teachers know who their friends are

Teachers know who their friends are

Republicans have spent eight years insisting that the plain truth about their education policies is a Democratic lie. A mind-bending cavalcade of twisted statistics pours forth to obfuscate the facts about a policy of harsh parsimony. As the 2019 legislative session...

What happened to Republicans like John Kennedy?

What happened to Republicans like John Kennedy?

The most striking thing about the era of Trump is watching the ease with which Republicans reject facts and embrace what Kellyanne Conway dubbed “alternative facts.” It sounds like something out of a Monty Python skit but it’s becoming our national nightmare. Mark...

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