NC Politics Up for Grabs. Is It A Red Or Purple State?

Republicans like to think North Carolina is a solidly red state that occasionally elects Democrats to Congress, and particularly the US Senate, with Republicans dominant in the state legislature since the 2010 election, and barely lost the governor's race in 2016. But Democrats think NC is a decidedly purple state, for whom solid Republican rule... Continue Reading →

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What Is A ‘Wave Election’?

Carter Wrenn, a longtime Republican political strategist in North Carolina, expertly defined a "wave election" in this blog post: "One party's turnout plummets...Swing voters overwhelmingly vote for one party over another..."

NC Republicans Blatantly Discriminated, But Gerrymandered Maps Remain for 2018

Two federal court decisions significantly change NC politics. A federal appeals court in 2016 struck down North Carolina Republicans' voter-id law, charging that it "targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision." If the court had ruled the law constitutional, Republican Pat McCrory would probably have remained governor. He lost by 5,000 votes to Democrat Roy Cooper.... Continue Reading →

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 the Democrats: New York, Illinois (Chicago), the Northeast and the West Coast states (California, Washington, Oregon) are generally considered Democratic, in contrast to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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