Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t see Trumpcare in its current form passing in both chambers of Congress even with the benefit of using reconciliation to get it through the Senate. I am very doubtful that it can pass the House. I don’t see any Democratic support and the Republicans are far from united in support of it. With earmarks gone, Speaker Paul Ryan no longer can control his caucus like in days gone by. That was one of the things that led to John Boehner effectively saying take this job and shove it. On the premise that I’m counting the votes incorrectly, let’s explore what Trumpcare might yield. Continue reading It Would Be A Nightmare!
This is the first of several articles I intend to write about a path forward for the Democratic Party because it is the only viable option for American progressives. For the purposes of getting elected, progressives and Democrats are currently synonymous in American politics; in fact I will employ the word “we” often in this series. That itself is part of the problem which I will explore in more depth in this series. Let’s begin to explore. Continue reading A Path Forward – Part One
If you are looking for an example of what a Republican dominated, Trump led Washington will look like Raleigh, North Carolina might be a good place to start your quest. Here is a warning: It is ugly and even more dysfunctional than most progressives think it will be. Let’s explore. Continue reading Bad; Then (Almost Unbelievably) Worse
I’m certain a good number of Americans spent part of their Thanksgiving holiday discussing what they expected out of the incoming Trump administration. Well, I like most, have been terrible at predicting Donald Trump but this time I think I am onto something in large part because it goes well beyond Trump and I have lived in North Carolina for the past several years. Continue reading Expected Velocity
Almost all the attention is focused on the presidential race. Democrats generally do a good job of turning out to vote in presidential years; not so good the rest of the time. That is one of the reasons we have too many states controlled by Republicans and gridlock in Washington. If you followed politics closely since 2011 you know that most harm has been done at the state level. Today I’m asking my readers to focus on a down ballot race that will only appear in a relatively small geography in North Carolina. That is certainly not a reason to dismiss it! Races like these often have a life and death effect on everyday Americans. Continue reading The Endorsement Of Gil Johnson