I met John McNeil this past January as he was just beginning his run for the House of Representatives. At that point it was in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District. Due to a subsequent court ruling that the Republicans in Raleigh had unconstitutionally redrawn the districts in 2011 he and I now find ourselves in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Long story short: John won his primary and ends up facing Republican incumbent “Sleeping” George Holding in the general election anyway. Continue reading The Endorsement Of John McNeil
Much has been made of late of Sheldon Adelson’s donations to the pro Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future. Adelson is the C.E.O. of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Like every American, Mr. Adelson is free to choose which candidates he supports with his political donations. All I would like is for progressives to give Mr. Adelson a little less money to operate with. Continue reading Rated R – Las Vegas Sands Corporation
This is probably the easiest article I will write in 2015. Thursday my wife and I were driving along when my BlackBerry buzzed with an e-mail from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announcing that Russ Feingold was running for the Senate in Wisconsin and that she was supporting him. As the biggest smile of the day had yet to fade from my face my only decision was what day to publish my endorsement. Continue reading The Endorsement Of Russ Feingold
Money in politics and elections is a common theme in this column. It is almost never in a complimentary way. Citizens United just made a bad situation worse. One of my many issues with it is that it made it too easy for foreign money to get involved in our elections. Some Americans may feel that there should be no limit on donations and that money is speech; however I have yet to meet the American who wants foreign money involved. Continue reading Is It Ignorance Or Arrogance?