Thomas Mills

Thomas Mills

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.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 18:12

COLUMN: Yearbooks and purity tests

When I was kid, National Lampoon released its parody of high school yearbooks. It was a send-up that was irreverent, bawdy, and hilarious. I was 10 years old when it came out and, along with Mad Magazine, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Saturday Night Live" skits, it shaped my sense of humor. It could never be published today.

Yesterday, the North Carolina GOP held a press conference to announce, “You know all that noise we made about election integrity for the past decade? We were just kidding.” Instead, they’re advocating to seat a candidate who knowingly hired a convicted felon with prior allegations of election fraud to oversee his mail-in ballot GOTV program. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:24

COLUMN: Folt bolts, takes Sam with her

So it looks like the UNC Board of Governors has run off another employee.

UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt announced she’s leaving at the end of the academic year, just weeks after UNC President Margaret Spellings announced her resignation.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 17:36

COLUMN: New faces, new expectations

Democrats start the first full week of 2019 in a better position than they’ve had in years. The new Congress was sworn in last week and Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel again. My #NCPOL twitter feed was full of new legislators taking the oath of office this weekend and now neither chamber of the legislature holds veto proof majorities. 

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 23:47

COLUMN: Reflections and predictions

It’s that time of year for reflections and predictions. In 2018, I didn’t make too many predictions. The ones I made were relatively vague and I was generally right. I said that Trump would not get impeached or be removed by the 25th Amendment. I was right, but at the beginning of the year, a lot of people believed he would be gone before the end of the year.

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