Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:37pm

Though many of the projects and foundations funded by Art Pope are upfront about their conservative bent, the North Carolina History Project ( bills itself as "an edited, evolving, and free online encyclopedia of North Carolina that also includes commentaries, lesson plans, and a community calendar" and its website as "a special project of the John Locke Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Raleigh, North Carolina." However, an extensive study of their work reveals that the NCHP champions subjects that fit into a conservative, anti-feminist worldview while glossing over the bigoted legacy of conservative icons such as Jesse Helms.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:03am

Some musings from the first early voter in North Carolina (at the very least, in Mecklenburg County). Please excuse the rambling that may have something to do with at third cup of coffee and intermittent TV interviews.

I'm sitting down at the Hal Marshall Annex in Charlotte, North Carolina, looking at three flags - the Star Spangled Banner, the North Carolina Flag, and the Mecklenburg County flag.

I've served the United States and North Carolina as a Presidential Elector, and I serve Mecklenburg County as a member of a Citizen's transit board. I serve all three when I vote. Right now, I think I'm the first voter in North Carolina.

Friday, September 3, 2010 - 8:22am

With the defeat of Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is poised to become the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at the start of the 112th Congress. There are many reasons why this development is troublesome, not the least of which is Senator Burr's irresponsible record on nuclear issues (which are under the committee's purview). In short, Burr was the brains behind a law that hindered American non-proliferation efforts and nuclear security. Because of this, Elaine Marshall needs your help retiring Richard Burr.

Friday, July 23, 2010 - 4:07pm

As y'all know, our Vice President was at the Carolina Inn last night.

Last night, I went to the DNC fundraiser at the Carolina Inn featuring our titular politician, so I'm bringing you the full report. I'm happy to return with some positive news: Joe Biden is doing a great job as Vice President of the United States.

Exactly 23 months ago today Joe Biden was announced as the veep nominee. On Kos, I made this prediction in a diary:

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 11:29am

Denial: You live your life outside of politics. You ignore everything political, you reject that there might be a problem or you simply assume the government will take care of you or leave you alone. Or, you're politically minded but not a partisan.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 10:16pm

These are random thoughts from last night that aren't in any order. They're mine alone, they're free-writing, and they are not the views of any party, PAC, or group.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:50pm

I'm not North Carolina's most heralded political expert. I haven't written a book, I don't command five figures a month, and the one time I ran for office I lost (albeit by 150 votes). But I've done a lot of campaigning in NC. From upper Cleveland County (where our foothills start to become mountains), to the concrete jungle of Charlotte, to the affluent Lake Norman Suburbs, to the new urban landscapes of Chapel Hill and Davidson, I've staffed campaigns in almost every part of North Carolina. I've worked to pass transit initiatives; helped young, post-partisan leaders emerge across our state; and I've done some quixotic things (like trying to elect the Southeast's first LGBT Senator).

Feel free to take this with a grain of salt, but after the BlueNC radio chat with Gary Pearce, I found myself wondering: what on earth are the U.S. Senate candidates doing?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 8:25am

Posted at Kos.

Chris Dodd will likely announce his retirement from the United States Senate today, as reported by various media outlets. As the sun sets on Senator Christopher J. Dodd's years in elected service, I'd like to take the time out to toast our latest Democratic retiree.

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Monday, December 21, 2009 - 4:49pm

Today's story in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the release of Cal Cunningham's campaign prospectus (h/t Under the Dome), the kind of document that in years past either wouldn't be available or wouldn't be news.

Like you'd expect, the fundraising document outlines why Cal's team believes he can beat Richard Burr. "North Carolina is ripe for an off-year Democratic United States Senate victory and will respond well to an energetic, moderate candidate like Cal Cunningham." But will Cunningham be the Democratic candidate running against Burr? The prospectus does not mention the primary election, and with good reason - it's not in the bag.

Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 6:43pm

This year, we're beginning to see what happens in the wake of the most successful youth-powered campaign in American history. Many of North Carolina's young leaders have filed to run for office in this year's important municipal elections. Some are new to politics, some have spent years working to make policies that will help our state, and others have the experience of a previous run for office under their belt. Some are past and present Young Democrats, while others are just plain Democrats. But they're all a departure from the politics-as-usual candidates that have given so many of us a headache over the past few years.