I've been away for a month, celebrating my retirement ... and decompressing a bit from the frenzy of politics that has occupied my life for the past ten years. A lot has changed in my absence. Fall has arrived, for example, and North Carolina is more beautiful than ever.
But in the political arena, things look pretty much like they did when I left. Money continues to be a blight on our democracy. Our valiant teachers continue to work for our children, despite being shafted by our Republican government. Duke Energy still calls the shots at DENR. And no matter how much he tries to present himself as a decent guy - and no matter how much national right-wingers spend on his behalf - Thom Tillis can't buy votes from anyone besides assholes and bigots. There are a ton of both in North Carolina, but not nearly enough to give him a victory. Polls continue to show Hagan beating Tillis, just like they always have.
Keep working, vote early, and stay strong. Thom Tillis is still toast.