Art Pope is in the news again, this time telling lies about me, BlueNC, and alleged threats he received. It all goes back to several years ago, when I mused that some people could get so frustrated with politics that they might resort to violence. Pope, who has friends in high places, took those musings personally and asked the Wake County District Attorney's office to check me out. The matter was dropped in minutes, as a complaint without merit.
A few years ago, Meteor Blades at Daily Kos started a weekly diary recognizing efforts by progressive state blogs on the front page at Kos, putting those diaries in front of thousands of readers. And our efforts here are frequently included:
At bluenc of North Carolina, scharrison writes—GOP tax reform: Lose your home to foreclosure, and then pay taxes on it: They have absolutely no shame: "One of the other provisions in the legislation would startlingly hurt homeowners struggling with foreclosure by counting as income any portion of their mortgage debt forgiven by a lender.
Sen. Tamara Barringer, a Republican, bucked her leadership and voted against the bill because of the change, telling the News & Observer, “these are people that have lost their homes. Are we going to tax them when they’re trying to get back on their feet?” Apparently the answer from Senate leaders is yes. There were no hearings on that part of the gas tax bill, no discussion with mortgage lenders or people who work with struggling homeowners.
Even if you don't frequent Daily Kos, you should bookmark this tag and keep up with this series. It's good to know there are smart progressive bloggers in other states, struggling with issues just like we are. Here are some more crossposts from 2015:
Happy 10th birthday BlueNC! In blog years, that's ancient and I think we wear it well. Blogging has changed a lot over the years and our audience has changed too. We've seen social media grow in importance and every professional journalist seems to also be a blogger these days. We still see a good deal of traffic here at BlueNC, though our comment section isn't as active as it used to be. With all the changes in how we get our news, BlueNC continues to be the best source for progressive political news and discussions. We thank you all for your continued support.
We continually tweak BlueNC with the goal of improving the experience for readers and encouraging engagement. With that in mind, we made a small tweak to the site today: Community members can now publish directly to the front page. We're thinking of this as an experiment, with no commitment to permanence. If it works, great. If it doesn't, we'll find out soon enough. As always, we reserve the absolute right to delete any posts that are inappropriate or intolerably obnoxious. Enjoy.
After almost a decade of blogging, I'm stepping away from day-to-day oversight at BlueNC, leaving Steve Harrison to keep the lights on. It seems a good time to gather some thoughts about what I've learned, for posterity if for nothing else. This first installment covers things that have cemented themselves in the front of my mind.
Meteor Blades at Daily Kos tirelessly covers state political blogs, year in and year out. I read the coverage every week to see what other state blogs are doing, even when BlueNC isn't featured. There are lots of good story ideas to discover, and it's always good to show a little blog love to our colleagues in other states. Here you go.
Who would have thought North Carolina could fall so far so fast? From a paragon of moderation three years ago to a poster-child for extremists and elites today. How quickly the tide can change, and it always does.
Everybody has an opinion about sources of the Republican wave, and many of those opinions are right. Not only did Republicans make the election a referendum on President Obama, they were aided and abetted by spineless Democrats. Having mastered the politics of fear (ISIS, Ebola, brown people, black people, uppity women), the GOP did what the GOP does best, they divided and conquered. Divide and conquer, of course, is Thom Tillis' unique strength. The words will forever be synonymous with his approach to politics and governing. Darth Vader in an Armani suit. But he didn't win alone. He had the benefit of a helpful ally on the other side, Kay Hagan herself. While she ran a smart campaign, it simply couldn't overcome six lackluster years in office.