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The past few weeks have been a roller coaster for me, going down, down, down with only the hint of "up" here in North Carolina. Cooper's win is huge, there's no debating how important it is. So is Josh Stein's victory. And then there's the NC Supreme Court. I expect Rs to go dirty and expand the court by two seats, one last insult from McCrory. In any case, the overall downward dive of politics is relentlessly discouraging.

More rope please

I have long believed it is mostly unproductive for progressives to be lobbying Republican policy makers. The effect of our efforts is generally marginal, and serves only to make the outrageous seem slightly less outrageous, giving Republicans the cover they need to say, "Hey, this is bipartisan blah blah." I've specifically argued for giving them more rope here in North Carolina, and now I am arguing for it at the federal level.

Does any Republican Senator have a conscience?

I expect nothing resembling a conscience from people like Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Those two are old school greeders, driven by nothing but self interest. Bank Run Burr got his name for a reasons, and he's slightly worse than Tillis. But both are shameless partisan whores. Power and money are the only currencies they operate with. The common good is an irrelevant concept.

Coming back from the edge

I've been angrier this week than at any time in my life. Drifting between thoughts of suicide and going postal, I am overcome by rage at what Republicans are doing. Their political evil has me by the throat, and I see no sign of relief ahead.

Trump, the leader of Republicans today, may well be the shittiest person who has ever lived. And while there are lots of reasons to despise him, the two most important to me are these: He's a sexual predator and a shameless liar. He is King of the Deplorables.

The great unraveling

It would be a mistake to say we have "given" Republicans all the rope they want. Truth be told, they have taken it, pure and simple. In their reckless lust for power, they have crossed every boundary of decency and fairness. In pursuit of domination, they have thrown aside integrity, local control, and personal freedom. They have behaved like bulls in a china shop, stomping adversaries into oblivion, just because they could.

When worlds collide

On the right, there is a vision that denies freedoms based on otherness. If you're black, female, trans, or gay, too bad. If you don't like discrimination, we'll be happy to arrange some outright persecution. And by the way, that fetus you're carrying? It has more rights than you do, girl.

On the left, there's a vision that gladly extends freedom to include everyone. If you're black, female, trans, or gay, we welcome you. Equal rights. Equal pay. Equal protection under the law. It's that simple.

That's the choice we're facing as citizens of North Carolina. I hope we're wise enough to choose fairness.

What will you do?

When most people think about electoral politics nowadays, they think about the presidential race. But here in North Carolina, the presidential primary is over and there is little we can do or say to influence the national debate. Either Bernie or Hillary will emerge as the nominee. There is nothing more to be said.

2015 Blue NC stories picked up by Daily Kos

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

BlueNC uprising

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.

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