How North Carolina’s political parties choose their leaders

It sounds obvious, but it’s worth examining: The Republican Party and Democratic Party command tremendous power in North Carolina politics. It’s virtually impossible to get elected without belonging to one of the two parties. And state law privileges the party organizations in a multitude of ways. For example, the party gets to choose who fills … Read more

A conservative message that will work in the suburbs

Nearly all of the Republican losses in North Carolina and around the country in 2018 came in suburban areas. Cities stayed blue. Rural areas stayed red. But the suburbs, usually sympathetic to the GOP, shifted in droves, turned off by the rhetoric from the president, demagoguery¬†or business as usual. Opponents have done an effective job … Read more