In a New York Times Op-Ed yesterday, Thomas Edsall noted that Trump is on a path to surpass Obama’s record collection of small donations — those under $200. What is Trump’s appeal to small donors? Confession First, I confess: When… Read More »Trump’s Appeal to Patriotic Forgotten Small Donors
People sometimes ask me: What do progressives believe? Here’s my answer.
As I’ve written before, partisan gerrymandering is stealing democracy from voters. If you don’t think it is a big deal, take a look at my two-page gerrymandering “fact sheet”. Both Democrats and Republicans do it. In fact, last month the… Read More »SCOTUS Fails to Fix Partisan Gerrymandering
As this year’s July 4th holiday winds down, let’s talk about freedom. Specifically, the word “freedom,” which triggers a powerful emotional reaction. It resonates as something we want and need. We have visions of our forefathers fighting and dying for… Read More »Reclaiming Freedom
The Governor and Attorney General of Virginia have confessed to wearing black face as young men in the 1980’s and are now being pilloried for it. They grew up in Virginia, went to Virginia schools, and though many Virginians and other Anglo Southerners have conveniently forgotten all about it, that behavior would not have been at all remarkable in their communities, schools or social circles at that time.Read More »Let’s Get Real
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