The Follies


More far-right nonsense from the Lieutenant Governor Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is at it again, offering more bizarre and extreme positions on important issues facing North Carolina in yet an another appearance with a right-wing group, this time in an online conversation with Generation Opportunity, or GenOpp, a Koch brothers organization targeting millennials [Continue Reading...]

Asian Americans in North Carolina: The overlooked swing vote?


For the past decade, while the population of North Carolina has been rapidly growing and changing, the face of the immigrant population has been of people of Hispanic descent. It is surprising, therefore, to learn that Asian Americans have actually been the fastest-growing minority group in the state, significantly surpassing the growth of Latinos.  Between [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


17—number of days since a federal judge ruled that North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, allowing the marriages to begin (“NC magistrates resign over gay marriage rulings,” Charlotte Observer, October 25, 2014) 13—number of days since the Administrative Office of the Courts released a memo informing magistrates that they could not [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


Rep. Paul Stam and more bigoted backlash to marriage equality The backlash over the federal court rulings about marriage equality in North Carolina took another ugly turn this week with the blessing and even encouragement of a top Republican official in the state, House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam. Stam held a news [Continue Reading...]

Demagogues and nullifiers and the last gasp of anti-equality forces in North Carolina


Almost every significant move toward justice and equality prompts a backlash. Cynical elected officials preying on ignorance and pandering to fears for their own political gain. Far-right zealots distorting the fundamental structure of our democracy to rail against an expansion of basic human rights. And extremist groups weighing in from the fringe, using [Continue Reading...]

North Carolina children need better access to healthy food: Connecting the dots between hunger, malnutrition and obesity


This Friday, October 24, is Food Day, a day to organize and learn about the biggest issues concerning food, health, and how our political and economic systems promote and/or deny health and equality. We live in the richest country in the world, so we don’t usually connect the terms “hunger,” “malnutrition,” and [Continue Reading...]

The rising solar wave


Despite the right wing’s cynical sabotage efforts, the momentum for solar energy keeps building Looking for some good news on what can seem at times these days to be a rather bleak public policy landscape? Well, here’s some that ought to keep you going for a while and maybe even renew your faith [Continue Reading...]