The Follies


McCrory bristles at Obama’s reminder about education cuts Governor Pat McCrory wasn’t happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina’s woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week. Obama, in town to sell his economic policies and equal pay proposal, told a town hall crowd that “this used to be a state [Continue Reading…]

Who asked for this?


Lawmakers disregard public opinion and the common good with anti-consumer bills The process of crafting new laws in a state legislature can be a mysterious and confusing process a lot of the time—especially to average citizens who don’t have the time or capacity to follow along closely. Even for activists, it can often [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers

Gun violence

22 million—number of Americans who have impulsive anger issues and have easy access to guns, according to a recent study by researchers at Duke, Harvard, and Columbia (“Craig Hicks becomes symbol in gun politics, News & Observer, April 11, 2015) 3.7 million—number of Americans with impulsive anger issues who regularly carry their weapons [Continue Reading…]

The growing momentum for tuition equity


Why forces opposed to helping immigrant kids find themselves increasingly isolated The recent and encouraging national progress in resisting efforts to discriminate against LGBT Americans feels very much as if it is reaching the proverbial “tipping point.” Just a few years back, even genuinely progressive politicians were tiptoeing gingerly around the issue. Today, [Continue Reading…]