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Hey Tami. Let's talk family values!

It's hard to do anything but laugh these days at Tami Fitzgerald and her family values happy talk. It's really quite remarkable. For a group that professes to be all about heartland values and the sanctity of marriage, they sure do associate with a whole bunch of sleaze. Like a middle-aged man who brags about having sex with disturbed teenagers. A guy who married a prostitute, who grabs woman by the pussy. A man who pays women to have abortions.

How does it feel to know you're supporting a morally empty human being? You must be proud.

Snowflakes and deplorables

In the run-up to my 45th Annapolis reunion this fall, I had an email exchange with a former classmate. He's a career Navy officer, a good Christian, and as it turns out, a deplorable. I, on the other hand, am a pinko-liberal-snowflake. Here's how it went.

Hey. I'd love for you to share my email address with (name). In these dark days of ugliness and intolerance, his would be a welcome voice in my life. Thank you for connecting us. Happy new year!

Make Inauguration Day a day of mourning? Not so fast says Chapel Hill.

Dear James:

Thank you for reaching out to the members of the Chapel Hill Town Council and me.

I am writing to respond to your petition. While I, too, am deeply concerned about the impact of Mr. Trump’s words and actions, I believe that it is imperative for local and state elected officials to set a positive tone for our communities so that we can continue to move forward together over the next four years.

I attended a political event yesterday with three NC House members

Some good friends here in Chapel Hill hosted an informational meeting yesterday, featuring Verla Insko, Graig Meyer, and Darren Jackson. Attendance was off the charts, people were eager to find a way to take action in the face of so much ugliness and overreach by Republicans in Raleigh. There was plenty of chit-chat about the national scene as well, but the focus was on North Carolina in general, and the NC House in particular.

I had two takeaways from the meetings. First, I was encouraged by the level of energy of people to take action. Second, I was deeply frustrated by the "strategy" that seems to be driving the Democratic Party. I was looking for bold, fresh thinking. What I heard was "give money, host fundraisers, make phone calls."

Do Burr and Tillis listen?

In a word, no.

By my count, both senators have received many thousands of calls and emails from worried constituents over the past week. Their voice mail boxes are full. And what is the result of those calls? Nothing. Both men voted to begin dismantling ACA, without even the illusion of a viable replacement plan. Of course, Trump has promised a magnificent alternative. Bigly indeed. Just like he promised Mexico would pay to build his wall.

An open letter to Richard Burr UPDATE


I wrote this earlier today, but just found that hearings will be held. I am proud of Burr. It feels good.

Dear Richard.

It's a new year, and I've resolved to be nice. Thank you for reading.

When people ask me to call members of Congress, I find it hard to comply. It almost always seems like wasted effort. Especially when I'm calling you. You don't seem to care what I think, and your mind seems already made up about everything.

The courts must hold Berger and Moore in contempt

The US District Court had this to say in August. And it didn't happen. The legislature has initiated three separate special sessions since August, and in none of them has the court's order been followed.

"Therefore we hereby order the North Carolina General Assembly to draw remedial districts in their next legislative session ... "

So much deception

I'm one of the millions of Americans suffering from Post Trump Stress Disorder, and until today I've been baffled by the depth of my depression. I've finally figured it out. It's not just the sheer grotesqueness of Trump that bothers me, although today's news about Trump's #peegate is certainly mind-blowing. No, it's deeper and more insidious. It is instinctive lying that bothers me, because it's spreading like a virus.

Text of Governor Cooper's inaugural address

Courtesy of NC Policy Watch.

Good morning. I hope everyone is safe and at home during this winter weather. I encourage you to stay there and off the highways until the roads are clear. Because of this storm, we have postponed the inauguration. But I wanted to spend a few moments with you to outline my priorities for North Carolina.


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