Character and competence

Yesterday, Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, announced she’s stepping down. She’s been with the department since Cooper’s first term began and she stayed through a pandemic. She also received compliments from both...
Running the last campaign

Running the last campaign

PoliticsNC has offered several takes on the elections last night. Below is mine.  Last night confirmed my belief that Democrats are really bad at politics. Not only did they lose the governor’s race in Virginia, they are barely hanging onto the governor’s race in...

A Narrative Jump Ball in Virginia

A Narrative Jump Ball in Virginia

Blair Reeves is Executive Director of Carolina Forward. Last night, Republican Glenn Youngkin was narrowly elected to the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Though polls had favored Democrat Terry McAuliffe in his quest for a second term as Governor,...

The House insurrectionist

The House insurrectionist

Yesterday, the North Carolina House swore in a new member from Gaston County. Donnie Loftis replaced Dana Bumgardner who passed away recently. Loftis is a former county commissioner who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Democrats walked out of the chamber when he was...

What to Watch in the Virginia Governors’ Race

What to Watch in the Virginia Governors’ Race

Seldom has one state's gubernatorial election portended so much for the entire nation. Tomorrow marks election day in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and what happens when voters go to the polls will signify a great deal about where our politics are headed for the...

Undermining democracy

Undermining democracy

I’ve been trying to avoid watching too much of the redistricting debate because I know what Republicans are going to do. They will maximize their advantage to rig the elections for themselves. Democrats, who are in the minority in both houses of the legislature, are...

Yes, Virginia, there is an election

Yes, Virginia, there is an election

I’ve been watching the Virginia governor’s race out of the corner of my eye. I haven’t been paying too much attention, but it’s hard to escape it with my Twitter feed. What I’ve seen has been ugly and misguided. Terry McAuliffe is trying desperately to make Glenn...

Governing in dysfunction

Governing in dysfunction

Watching Democrats govern has been frustrating to say the least. Biden seemed to start off with a bang, passing the American Rescue Plan and rolling out the vaccines quickly and efficiently. His infrastructure plan quickly garnered bipartisan support. Then, the...

Random thoughts on redistricting

Random thoughts on redistricting

As we get closer and closer to new district maps, I have a few thoughts on redistricting, some of which I expressed last week. In particular, there’s no way to take politics out of the process, but there are better ways than others to do it. In North Carolina, we’ve...

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