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Don’t underestimate how much the Newtown killings can change politics. It has happened before.   In 1995, President Clinton was struggling to be relevant in a Washington dominated by Newt Gingrich and his newly triumphant Republican majority. Then came the

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After news broke about the cold-blooded murder of six- and seven-year-old children, some people said, “Now is not the time to debate gun control – it’s time to grieve.”   Now it’s time to debate gun control.   On Friday,

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Behind the controversy over Governor-elect McCrory’s foundation-fundraiser on Inaugural Day, there’s a story about “shadow governments.”   Since Democrats have time on their hands, they should take note of how these governments-in-waiting can develop ideas, leaders and public support.  

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Pat McCrory ran against a “pay-to-play culture of corruption.” Now his inauguration day features what looks like a special-interest money grab.   His foundation fundraiser gives critics and the media an easy, negative story line for his administration.   His

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At breakfast the other morning Tom, who’s liberal, folded back the page of his newspaper and slid it across the table to Mike, who’s conservative, rapped the headline with his finger, and said, ‘Now, that’s what I call progress.’  

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One thing I enjoy about this blog is learning how Carter and his political crowd see the world. It’s a lot different from how my crowd sees it.   I mention this because it drives some of my friends crazy that

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Gary’s progressive but he’s also old-fashioned so a year ago when he said, ‘You know, you ought to use Twitter’– he surprised me.   ‘I expect,’ I said, ‘Twitter’s too young for my blood.’   ‘Use it like an old-fashioned

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Here’s some sincere transition advice for Governor-elect McCrory – from somebody who’s been there: Focus on your key staff first, then your Cabinet.   Every incoming Governor and President makes a big show about Cabinet appointments. Too often, they short-shift

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The biggest demographic problem for the Republican Party may not be Hispanics, but cities – and increasing urbanization.   In 2012, Democrats won in cities, and Republicans won outside the cities. The more urban a state’s population, the more likely

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When I read in the newspaper that the House Republican Leadership had given four Congressmen the boot, kicking them off their committees, for not loyally voting with the leadership I thought, Those guys must have been voting with the Democrats

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