Month: September 2014

Brace for a ruling against NC vote law changes by 4th Circuit Appeals Court panel

“NC Vote suppression Laws Struck Down by Federal Judges.” At least, that’s how those McClatchy “news” papers describe laws designed to reduce vote fraud and equalize the rights of all citizens seeking free elections; but even sadder, that will be the gist of their “news” reports. North Carolina’s trial of the century will probably suffer this setback along the way, but don’t be discouraged! There is reason for optimism.

Four pinocchios for candidates Hales, Crawford, and Howard about Chatham County Schools

Based on comments from the Chatham County Democratic party chair and candidate Diana Hales one would expect our school system to be in terrible shape at this point. Let’s compare their words with reality. Jan Nichols warned us in 2010 by saying: “The opponent’s slate … represents extremists who want to impose reckless policies.., if they succeed, … Chatham will be exposed to … massive local budget cuts, that will ruin our schools. These radicals want to overturn the wise investments we have made …, most important, the schools”

“Most moderate” and Kay

First of all a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest. Now that you’ve been warned, here are two observations about the first debate between current Senator Kay Hagan and her challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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How Scotland connected North Carolina to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland? Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important and so contemporary that perhaps we should hav…

Voter fraud game changer is here

Glen Englram was stunned. After winding down his private sector career, almost four years ago, he and his wife, Ruth, bought their Western North Carolina retirement home and began the next phase of their lives. But they briefly thought they were back i…

New lessons from old wars

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS. I will tell you about his response in a minute. The …