Super Tuesday began as a Southern regional primary designed by the Democratic Party to allow more moderate candidates to emerge who could win the White House. In 1988, then Tennessee Sen. Al Gore was the favorite going into that string of contests, but it was the Rev. Jesse Jackson from the party’s left who emerged with more wins and delegates than Gore on that day.

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Senate impeachment trial began with political theater over rules. Senate Republicans prefer an expeditious trial while Democrats who rushed to impeach in the House are suddenly demanding witnesses and crying “coverup.” So let’s break down what’s really going on in the fight over witnesses.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

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President Donald Trump rightly touted “America’s extraordinary prosperity” in his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the uninterrupted U.S. economic growth that began during the Obama era.

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress could come as soon as next week without any testimony by witnesses or review of key documents. That would be unprecedented compared with previous presidential impeachments. It would gravely damage the only mechanism the Constitution provides for checking a rogue president.

Three former governors who led our state for 28 years took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.

Long ago, President Theodore Roosevelt advised the United States of America “to walk softly but carry a big stick.” We saw this advice carried out when the USA military rocket whacked Iranian Gen. Soleimani and companions who were in Iraq after the assault on the American embassy in Baghdad.

I have a question for all you Trump-haters, especially those of you who scramble around at every opportunity to find any ill-conceived way to disparage the president, no matter how inanely contrived.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the leading choice of 48 percent of all black voters seeking to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, according to a national Washington Post-Ipsos poll

It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin this discussion by first looking up the definition of diversity.

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While the other Democratic presidential candidates slug it out and slog through snowy Iowa, Mike Bloomberg is busy planting seeds across the country — and in North Carolina.

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Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And everyone knows that with Democrats increasingly dominant in urban areas and Republicans in rural areas, the only real battleground will be in the suburbs.

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What type of mental condition is it when you lose an election and cannot seem to move on? Isn’t there some type of therapy that will help? I’ve heard that a Greek salad has health benefits.

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The impeachment trial’s wild card is Chief Justice John Roberts, and how he interprets his role as presiding officer. The Constitution says the Senate has “the sole power” to try all impeachments, and when the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice “shall preside.”

I received a form from Nash County this week wanting me to list any improvements I made on my property in the year of 2019. They even expected me to put a stamp on the return envelope.