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Whatever happened to Art Pope?

I started covering Art Pope 12 years ago, when he decided North Carolina couldn’t survive without his guiding hand. At the time, Mr. Pope was just beginning his quest to take over our state, after having earlier lost his election bid for lieutenant governor. Unable to convince voters to elect him, he set out to buy the influence he couldn’t earn. And he did just that.

Tipping point

It seems to me that we have moved in the past day to the brink of irreversible disaster. GOP grifters are bellying up to the bar, while the the billions of people worldwide who will suffer from their actions watch helplessly from the outside. Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, a small and stupid act of greed, are the tipping point. They are already triggering aun unstoppable trade war, which the US will most assuredly lose. Our agricultural products will fall from favor with foreign buyers overnight in retaliation. Our farmers will go bankrupt in record numbers.

Bergermoore: Trump is coming for you

The gun fetishists in Raleigh love having weapons in schools, and almost everywhere else, but they're not so excited about people packing heat in the halls of Legislature. Well glory be, the Cheeto has decided that there's no place for gun-free zones in America. Not only that, he's also ready to confiscate your guns and ask questions later. How anyone can take this guy seriously is beyond me. He's clearly mentally ill.

Yes!

West Virginia teachers show the way

West Virginia, for the most part, is a gorgeous state. Its beauty is spectacular, even though coal mining has poisoned too many of its workers and spoiled too many of its natural places. But for all that splendor, the state is failing to lift children up with decent education. They do not value teachers.

What will Tim Moore say next?

Gun fetishists like Moore can't wait to see every school turned into OK Corral. Arming teachers is just the first step. It won't be long before some genius in Raleigh says, "Let's arm kids, too." After all, if you're old enough to own a gun, why shouldn't you be able to carry it wherever you want?

Unless, of course, you want to carry your gun into the General Assembly. That's illegal. You see, the pro-gun cowards in Raleigh want everyone to have the freedom to be killed except for themselves. What a shame.

Each election is the most important in our lifetime. The next election is the most important in 286 years.

At a theoretical level, every election matters the most. But in reality, some matter more than others. Our very first national election, for example, revealed the US to be a country that understood the need for balance. Today, 286 years later, that understanding has been shredded by the imperial GOP and their sinister playbook. Suppress opposition voters. Stack the electoral deck through gerrymandering. Take control of the executive and judicial branches of government. Rinse and repeat.

Why are they doing this? Because we're letting them. That has to change, and it has to change this year.

The census cycle and the electoral calendar are conspiring to make 2018 THE most pivotal election since our country was created. At the federal level, the US Supreme Court hangs in the balance. In North Carolina, the ability of legislators to choose their voters and judges could be enshrined in government for generations. Nothing less than freedom and democracy are at stake.

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