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In an apparent effort to shake its image as a party whose modern-day membership is confined almost exclusively to tea party extremists and/or members of the religious right, the North Carolina GOP announced this week that it would be opening up the tent to reach out to another group that once figured prominently in the party, but whose public participation has been less clearly visible in recent times.

I speak, of course, of that much discriminated against and long-suffering minority: Older, fabulously wealthy, thrice-married, beauty-contest running, spotlight-seeking gambling moguls. 

GOP officials announced that the keynote speaker at their state convention would be that  paragon of virtue and morality, the one and only Donald Trump. The Donald will speak on June 1 at 7 pm in Greensboro.

No word yet on whether the event will also feature another prominent casino owner, Newt Gingrich’s sugar daddy, billionaire casino king, Sheldon Adelson. My guess is that he puts up enough cash, they’ll be happy to include him.

One of the most interesting and ironic charges leveled by House Speaker Thom Tillis and the other defenders of the secret legislative session the other morning is the assertion that the NC Association of Educators is “an arm of the Democratic Party.”

But, of course, as NCAE Government Relations manager Brian Lewis noted the other day, Read More

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Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the American process for selecting presidential nominees is nuts. The notion that a few thousand troubled and disaffected ultra-rightists — people so far gone that a big chunk of them actually voted for a truly disturbed theocrat like Rick Santorum – are capable of winnowing the field 10 months before the election is beyond amazing. 

For North Carolinians, the crazy, “front-leaded” primary  calendar is a particular drag since it almost always assures that their choices will be greatly reduced, if not nonexistent come the first week of May.

For progressives, last night’s Iowa caucuses provided a mixture of good and bad news. Read More

A few months ago in this space, we  called attention to the repeated use of violent imagery and hateful and personal – even misogynistic - attacks by North Carolina right-wing politicians.   

Last month, the seriously troubled GOP congressional candidate Vernon Robinson revived the machine gun fundraiser.

Now, this week, we get word of more of the same as Senate Republicans hold another gun fundraiser — this one featuring more tasteless attacks on the Governor of the state.

A note to NC conservatives (including Senate leader Phil Berger – pictured above): Read More