How Democrats Can Win Obama-Trump Defectors

New York Times: By Sean McElwee and Brian F. Schaffner, Jan. 6, 2020 In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, analysts fiercely debated the role of the approximately six million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but shifted their...

Impeachment 103, by Penny Smith 11/26/2019

This is the third in a series of observations about the current impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. You can find the others at this site (see Impeachment 101 and Impeachment 102). What do the Democrats say the President did wrong? At the moment there are no...

Impeachment 102, by Penny Smith: 10/24/2019

Number 2 in a series (watch this space for more)   Have the Democrats impeached Trump? The Democrats have not yet impeached Donald Trump. They are in the process of holding investigation hearings to determine if there is sufficient evidence to impeach him....

Whopper of the Week, by Penny Smith: 10/23/2019

“We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado, we’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas. We’re not building a wall in Kansas...

Under the Radar – #2, by Penny Smith

An advisory panel begun while Ryan Zinke headed the Interior Department is recommending that the National Park Service privatize their campgrounds. The Subcommittee on Recreation Enhancement, a delightfully ironic name, suggests we can make our wilderness experience...

Under the Radar – #1, by Penny Smith

September 24, 2019 (missile treaty): Based on an article in the September 23, 2019 issue of The Nation. I doubt many of us go to bed at night worrying about the INF Treaty. If you’re like me, you weren’t really even tuned in to its existence.  The Intermediate-Range...

Whopper of the Week: 10/7/2019, by Penny Smith

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”   (Donald Trump, October 7, 2019)...

Impeachment 101, by Penny Smith

If I want to find out about impeachment and don’t want to read beyond a short, bulleted explanation, what do I do?  Rather than read what follows, check out Jane Koenig’s regular Democratic e-mailed newsletter. She summarized the process in late September, 2019. You...

This Week in the Blog, June 11, 2018

In American Numbers Game, Penny digs into the truth behind some of the current administration’s “great successes.”  The master of hyperbole in the White House would have you believe that no one has dealt with natural disaster as well as he has, but...

This Week In the Blog, 5-28-18

Who do you know who could draw a comparison between James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies and Leadership, and Green Eggs and Ham?  That’s right!  Penny is back!  Penny read all the way through Comey’s book and concludes that it only...

This Week in the Blog, May 14, 2018

This week’s selection of blog posts is quite the gold mine because there are two weeks worth of posts. Swamp People is an update on just how fetid Trump’s circle of appointed officials and hired advisers really is.  It is a world of influence and bribery,...

Results: 2018 Primary Election

These are results pulled from the North Carolina State Board of Elections web site.  All precincts have reported in Jackson County and NC District 11.  Results are considered to be preliminary until the Board of Elections has certified them....

Local Environmental Issues Explored at Issues Roundtable

By Dan Perlmutter Thanks to all of you for attending last night’s [April 9, 2018] meeting. MY TWO CENTS WORTH – Here are some observations about what may be useful for the Jackson County Democratic Party going into the 2018 election cycle. Money for greening up...

This Week in the Blog 4-17-18

Reading Penny’s blog posts every week not only entertains me, it also educates me, gives me new ways to look at current events and reminds me to focus on what’s really important.  The entertainment often has to do with unexpected parallels, for example,...

This Week in the Blog, 4-10-18

The blog posts for this week are captivating and educational.  If you’re looking for a (sort of) chuckle, check out My Goodness for a strangely poetic review of some favorite 45 quotes.  It reminds me of how he always accuses his opponents, his enemies, of his...

This Week in the Blog, 4-1-18

I’m not sure what to recommend that you read first from this week’s three blog posts.  Should you start with a hearty laugh and end up with righteous anger or reverse that process for the sake of your blood pressure?  Okay, let’s got with the latter....

What I’m Reading, 4-1-18

By the Fooler on the Hill If you are currently omitted from the exposé, there is always next year. After all, there was limited space, but not unlimited stories. See the 2019 edition.  Jane Koenig, Communications Made Easy. San Francisco, 2018.  Koenig’s book is an...

This Week in the Blog 3-26-18

This week Penny offers opinions on the trend to diminish the requirements for liberal arts studies in universities (link) and the dangers to our country of segregation then and re-segregation now (link).  Both will get you thinking and may inspire you to continue...