Trump is the most dangerous president we’ve had in at least a century, maybe for all time. He is tearing down the foundations of our country, following the recipe of fascists the world over to seize power, deploy government against… Read More »Dumping Trump Means Voting Biden
Gerrymandering is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. In North Carolina, where I live, Republicans have controlled redistricting to make the state behave “red,” even though voters vote “purple.” In other states, like Maryland, Democrats have gerrymandered. Whoever does it subverts the will of the people.
It is crucial that all of us understand what gerrymandering is, what it does to our democracy, how it works, and what can be done about it. I’ve posted previously about gerrymandering. To make it easier to understand and communicate about it, I’ve prepared a two-page fact sheet. Please read it, ask questions, make suggestions, and show it to your friends. You can read it below, or download it for printing here.Read More »Gerrymandering Fact Sheet
I live in North Carolina. Gerrymandering has stolen our democracy. Some people respond to gerrymandering with a yawn. Others remark that “both parties do it” or “it’s been going on forever”.
Both remarks are true, and, irrelevant. In the good old days, gerrymandering tilted the political playing field a bit. Today, with the availability of fast computers and extensive data, gerrymandering tilts the playing field dramatically.
In this post, I give a simple explanation of how gerrymandering works, using as an example the 2018 US House Race in North Carolina.Read More »Gerrymandering: Stealing Democracy from Voters
I recently spoke at a public forum in North Carolina about how our tax system works. The presentation synthesizes many of the ideas and data that I’ve written about previously, including developing an understanding of the major role of various… Read More »Video: Our Tax System Revealed
The North Carolina General Assembly has passed bills to place six constitutional amendments on the ballot on November 6th. A simple majority vote puts these ill-advised amendments into the state Constitution.
The purpose of these amendments is to get right-leaning voters to the polls for the crucial mid-term elections. Take Senate Bill 677, a Constitutional amendment to protect the right to “hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife”. Is there some threat to these activities? Nope. But it sure sounds like something that the GOP’s base would want to come out to the polls to support.
Other than cluttering up the Constitution, SB 677 sounds harmless, although maybe there’s something nefarious about it that I don’t understand. But some of the other amendments are terrible for the future of North Carolina. I’m going to analyze one of them, a cap on state income tax rates, in the rest of this post.Read More »North Carolina’s Get-Out-the-Conservative-Vote Constitutional Amendments