Thomas Mills

Thomas Mills

Last weekend, Dr. Michael Bitzer wrote about the changing demographics in our campaigns and how they might affect the future of elections in North Carolina. Specifically, younger voters are showing up at much higher rates than they have in the past.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 17:04

COLUMN: About those Democratic women

There’s been complaining on social media and in the press that the women running for president aren’t getting their fair share of news coverage. I know I’m about to get slammed for mansplaining but I don’t think it’s bias — or at least not most of it. We’ve got 19 declared candidates for president. Four of the most prominent are women. In a field that large, a lot of people are going to get their moment in the sun and anybody who’s going to get major coverage needs to earn it. 

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:03

COLUMN: NC Republicans exploiting outrage

Republicans in the North Carolina Senate passed a bill last night designed to fire up its base in the 2020 election. They called it “The Abortion Survivor Bill.” In reality, it’s a bill that does virtually nothing but gives GOP members of the legislature a reason to bash Democrats when they’re pandering to their evangelical base. 

North Carolina has a long history of revolving U.S. Senate seats.

Thursday, 28 March 2019 13:05

COLUMN: Thoughts on gerrymandering

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Supreme Court heard cases concerning gerrymandering in North Carolina and Maryland. The results could have wide ranging implications.

First, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham blocked a bill to make the Mueller report public that passed the House 420-0. Then this weekend, Donald Trump continued his attacks on John McCain despite the Senator’s death seven months ago. Graham, who for years was seen as McCain’s sidekick, stayed quiet for the first few hours before offering tepid praise for McCain without rebuking the president. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:14

COLUMN: Lower classes still struggling

Last week, the News & Observer noted what most middle-class North Carolinians know is true: our economy may be better than it was when the Great Recession left us with almost 10 percent unemployment but it’s not the powerhouse that Republicans promised they’d bring if we let them slash taxes for the wealthy.

Last week, Sen. Thom Tillis announced that he would vote for the resolution rejecting Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. Tillis said in an op-ed in the Washington Post that he supports Trump’s “vision of 21st century border security,” but that the emergency declaration overstepped the executive branch’s power. He believes it violates the separation of powers and continues giving too much influence to the presidency. 

If Democrats want to see large victories in 2020, they need to steal the narrative away from their left flank. The new voice of the left wing of the party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 29-year-old freshman Congresswoman from the Bronx is engaging, articulate, funny and everywhere in the media. Her Green New Deal has become a rallying point for the left and a litmus test for presidential contenders.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:57

COLUMN: Election fraud up close and personal

After months of news reports, we finally got a good look at the people in Bladen County involved in the election fraud in the 9th Congressional District. Most seemed unwitting participants in the scheme but they also indicated an effort to cover up their activities led by McCrae Dowless. So far, it’s been a fascinating look at a ploy to rig an election and testimony gave clear evidence that what they did was illegal. I had a bunch of thoughts as I watched the proceedings via twitter.

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