I gather from my social-media feeds and hate mail that North Carolinians are supposed to be infuriated at the way things are going in our state. I have my frustrations with certain politicians, to be sure, but I’m not infuriated. Nor am I alone.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
When the impeachment process was first raised at the 1787 convention in Philadelphia, it led to a furious argument among the delegates.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Super Tuesday began as a Southern regional primary designed by the Democratic Party to allow more moderate candidates to emerge who could win the White House. In 1988, then Tennessee Sen. Al Gore was the favorite going into that string of contests, but it was the Rev. Jesse Jackson from the party’s left who emerged with more wins and delegates than Gore on that day.
House Democrats have made a powerful case for turning President Trump's impeachment faux-trial into an actual trial, where the goals are truth and justice. Republicans, so far, have no coherent answer.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Three former governors who led our state for 28 years took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.
Friday, January 24, 2020
One of my earliest memories is of my parents’ spooky, antique Victorian bed and being afraid of the man’s face looking out from the mahogany headboard.
And just like that, another critical election year is upon us — maybe the most important election year in modern American history.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin this discussion by first looking up the definition of diversity.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the leading choice of 48 percent of all black voters seeking to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, according to a national Washington Post-Ipsos poll
Monday, January 20, 2020
While the other Democratic presidential candidates slug it out and slog through snowy Iowa, Mike Bloomberg is busy planting seeds across the country — and in North Carolina.
Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And everyone knows that with Democrats increasingly dominant in urban areas and Republicans in rural areas, the only real battleground will be in the suburbs.
The impeachment trial’s wild card is Chief Justice John Roberts, and how he interprets his role as presiding officer. The Constitution says the Senate has “the sole power” to try all impeachments, and when the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice “shall preside.”
Sunday, January 19, 2020
It seems that everyone knows about the opioid crisis. Though a wide variety of interventions have been proposed and some implemented, the problem remains largely unsolved.
It’s certainly not unusual for teachers to stay in their classrooms long after school ends to grade papers and plan for upcoming lessons. It’s part of the job I expected when I became a teacher. But something I didn’t expect was having to work a second job to make ends meet because state lawmakers refuse to give educators an adequate raise.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Garbage in, garbage out. This rule of thumb applies to every field of human behavior — very much including politics. For example, our political conversation about poverty is based on a fact that most political actors think is true but really isn’t: that a persistently high share of the population lives in poverty.
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes.
It’s hard to talk about the horrors of human trafficking — including young women and children forced into the sex trade — without mentioning the I-10 corridor across northern Florida and over to California.
I own more pairs of shoes today than at any other time since I first took to bipedalism. Lately, there’s one pair that I wear pretty much every day. I call them my “old-man slip-ons.”
Friday, January 17, 2020
In January 1999, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., voted against a resolution allowing witnesses to be subpoenaed during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. A day later, he voted for an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Daschle, D.-S.D., to prohibit any further evidence, argument or deliberations except for two hours of concluding argument by each side.
For a guy claiming to be against “tax giveaways” to corporations, Gov. Roy Cooper sure seems to be fond of doling out taxpayer dollars to corporations.