Thomas Mills

Thomas Mills

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:06

COLUMN: Law and disorder

Republicans are beside themselves with anger over the illegal toppling of Confederate monuments and the failure of Democrats like Gov. Roy Cooper stopping them. They railed against the lawlessness of the mobs invading cities. Donald Trump tweeted “LAW AND ORDER!” to signify his disdain for the protesters. Now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a bill that would withhold federal funds from states that don’t defend monuments, including those to the Confederacy. 

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:25

COLUMN: Another dog whistle

Back in 2015, pressure was mounting to move Confederate monuments out of public spaces. The GOP’s white rural base was incensed, demanding we not erase history like those statues did when they were erected.

As North Carolina moves into Phase 2 of reopening the economy, Gov. Cooper should ask for a do-over. He should meet with advisors and take another shot. His list of what can open and what cannot is too ambiguous, lacks reason and ignores more recent information about the virus. It also seems to ignores the only way we return to a level normalcy — protect the vulnerable by tracking and tracing the virus and isolating infected people, not healthy ones. 

Republicans have a number of talking points about the coronavirus and the economy, none of which will help them in November.

Watching the response to the coronavirus turn political is a little disheartening but it’s also very illuminating.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:42

COLUMN: A party unprepared to lead

The Republican response to the pandemic hitting our country right now has been pathetic. They lie about it, profit off of it, protect the rich, and screw the working class. When the pitch forks come out, at least they’ll know where to go this time. 

Despite Joe Biden’s success on Super Tuesday and his likely nomination, the Democratic primary has exposed the leftward shift of the country. Last night on stage with Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, Biden called himself a “bridge” between this generation and the next generation of leaders. And the next generation will be far more progressive than those who have governed in the 40-year wake of the Reagan Revolution. 

Joe Biden has had the most extraordinary 48 hours of any politician in recent memory. He entered the South Carolina primary on life support, knowing that a loss or even narrow victory would likely end his campaign. He came out with a stunning victory that instead ended the campaigns of Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:23

COLUMN: Tar Heel State trending blue

Yesterday, I wrote a piece describing what I called Bernie Sanders’ path to victory. I don’t mean that I believe he will win the state, but he does have a way forward that might work. It’s grounded in the youth vote. It’s that vote that will turn North Carolina blue in the coming decades. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:29

COLUMN: Shifting the tax burden

Sales taxes are regressive. They take a larger percentage of money from low income families than they do higher income families. That’s why liberals in North Carolina howled when the Republicans running the legislature reduced the income tax rate on the highest earners and replaced it with a sales tax on services. 

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