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 →

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Democrats Target 50+ House Seats

Democrats need a 50-seat majority in the US House of Representatives to be fully in charge. They only need to flip 23 seats to win the House, but victory by a tiny margin will not likely lead to secure or confident leadership. A "blue wave" means they'd have to win 25 toss-ups and 25 leans-Republican... Continue Reading →

Dan McCready, in NC 9: Congressional Candidate to Watch

Dan McCready, a former Marine, and founder of a solar energy company in Charlotte, NC is running for Congress in the historically conservative ninth congressional district as a Democrat. Republicans had a knock-down, drag-out primary, and Tea Party preacher Mark Harris won the GOP nomination, beating incumbent Republican Robert Pettinger. The race has shifted from... Continue Reading →

Patterns of Political History: Every Action Creates Reaction

Politics is like physics, in that waves or movements spark equal and opposite counter-movements. Or as the philosopher Hagel observed of history, ideas or thesis spark antithesis and eventually synthesis. Revolutions create counter-revolutions and, in democratic societies, evolution. 1. The Obama "Revolution" of 2008-10 created the Tea Party and Trump Counter-revolutions of 2010-16. While they... Continue Reading →

7 Logical Fallacies in Online Debates

Logical fallacies -- common errors in reasoning such as straw-man arguments, ad hominem attacks, post hoc (false causation), false choices between extremes, whataboutism -- are rampant in political debates on social media. Two more logical fallacies I've noticed: Gish Gallop -- "(also known as proof by verbosity) is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak... Continue Reading →

Time to Repudiate ‘Dear Leader’

Trump's election may be seen as better in the long run for our country than Clinton's if we survive his presidency. He has ignited or strengthened grassroots movements to reduce gun violence, to reduce discrimination, harassment and abuse of women ("me too") and minorities suffering from police brutality. We have seen the end of the moves... Continue Reading →

Cracks in the Wall of Trumpism

Two-thirds of Americans in a Fox News poll say the Mueller investigation should continue; 64 percent think Mueller is treating Trump fairly; 56 percent think it's likely he'll find criminal or impeachable offenses by Trump, and 71 percent think Trump will try to fire Mueller before he's done. Former CIA Director John Brennan says Russia... Continue Reading →

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