Political Profiles of the States, Swing States and Tracking Polls

Ballotpedia has published political profiles of each state, courtesy of the Almanac of American Politics 2016. Reading these profiles are essential to fully understanding American politics. The largest states lean heavily toward one candidate: New York, Illinois (Chicago), the Northeast and the West coast states (California, Washington, Oregon) are generally considered Democratic or Clinton territory; … Continue reading Political Profiles of the States, Swing States and Tracking Polls

Holding Up A Mirror to America

"One of the functions of elections is to hold up a mirror to society and to reflect what voters are feeling and what they want through the electoral process. And those feelings of anger and anxiety coming to the surface are defining the 2016 elections." -- Mara Liasson, National Public Radio, "Here's Why Voters Are … Continue reading Holding Up A Mirror to America

North Carolina Democrats Seek to Harness Public Outrage

North Carolina Democrats seem to have two strong challengers in the 2016 elections for governor and US Senator. After four terms as Attorney General of North Carolina, Roy Cooper is running for governor against incumbent Republican Pat McCrory. Early polls show the race too close to call. Former state legislator Deborah Ross from Wake County is … Continue reading North Carolina Democrats Seek to Harness Public Outrage

How NC’s 2 Senate Seats Have Changed Hands Since the 1950s

History of US Senators from North Carolina: Frequent turnovers over 40 years. North Carolina does not put a great deal of stock in Senate incumbency. Seat #1 Democrat Sam Ervin served from 1956 to 1974. Democrat Robert Morgan served from 1974 to 1980. Republican John East served from 1980 until he killed himself in 1985. … Continue reading How NC’s 2 Senate Seats Have Changed Hands Since the 1950s

In 2014, Low Turnout, Gerrymandering, President’s Unpopularity Led to GOP Victories

Nationally, voter turnout in 2014 was lowest in 70 years. Just 36.4 percent of eligible voters turned out. Click. Low voter turnout suggests a disengaged and cynical electorate that is not paying much attention and does not believe their votes matter. They know the economy's not what they want it to be and Obama is president, … Continue reading In 2014, Low Turnout, Gerrymandering, President’s Unpopularity Led to GOP Victories

Hillary: ‘Salieri to Obama’s Mozart’

Anyone who follows politics closely should watch and/or read Hillary Clinton's valedictory address ending her campaign and endorsing Barack Obama. The naysayers who claimed she was just on an ego trip and did not have a large, devoted, and enthusiastic following, was not justified in continuing her campaign after losing North Carolina, and does not … Continue reading Hillary: ‘Salieri to Obama’s Mozart’

Front Row Seat for Most Exciting Democratic Presidential Primary Battle in NC History

Local journalists say it's like a famous international circus coming to your town. I was lucky to have a front row seat. I Met Hillary Clinton in Wake Forest, NC. She Had Whirlwind Day of Six Events in Two States, Three Days Before NC and Indiana Primaries Now I can say I have seen both … Continue reading Front Row Seat for Most Exciting Democratic Presidential Primary Battle in NC History