Welcome

Politically Purple NC’s main purpose is to examine state legislative and governmental issues from a nonpartisan basis. Importantly, the cultural and historical context for these issues is also explored. Stop by to visit often. We look forward to your company.      – Nelda Holder, Editor

 

One More Snarl for District IX

The ongoing election tangle for North Carolina’s Congressional District IX may — may — be resolved by the newly appointed NC Board of Elections sometime within the coming month. The newly constituted board’s membership was announced by Gov. Roy Cooper is comprised of three Democrats, Stella Anderson of Boone, Jeff Caron of Durham, and Chairman Bob Cordell of Charlotte (elected chair by teleconference); and two Republicans, David Black of Concord and Ken Raymond of Winston-Salem. The board plans to convene next week and a hearing on the District…   Continue Reading »

Everything New Is Old Again — Almost

By Nelda Holder The 2019-2020 NC Legislature opened at noon on Wednesday, January 9, for a brief convening of its “long” session for organizational purposes such as election of officers and adoption of rules. The full body returns, by command of the General Statutes, on the “third Wednesday after the second Monday in January”—this year January 30, to get down to legislative business. But both the House and the Senate will have slightly different constituencies following the 2018 general election, when Republican supermajorities in both…   Continue Reading »

Politically Purple Comes Home

Politically Purple NC has been on hiatus while its instigator/editor packed up her various collectables from across the years and moved them from the mountains to the middle of the state — from 23 years in Asheville back to her territory of birth, Wake County. A bevy of native Holder and Bagwell spirits in the area, dating back to the early 1800s for the former and the Revolutionary Era for the latter ancestors, plus all the remaining relatives-in-the-flesh (including a 94-year-old aunt who is going…   Continue Reading »

What Just Happened Here?

Here’s a morning-after analysis of the Election Day returns involving state government in North Carolina, first published in the Urban News.  by Nelda Holder     North Carolina rode out the hyperbolic midterm election season to wash up on a political shoreline that is at once familiar yet changed. Republican majorities still hold both the Senate and the House in Raleigh, but Democratic victories took away their veto-proof status in both chambers, creating a very different landscape in dealing with controversial legislation that Democratic Gov. Roy…   Continue Reading »

Maniac’s Mountain: Puppy Stream of Consciousness

Today we welcome a new character to Maniac’s Mountain: Fred the puppy. For maximum enjoyment, it is recommended that the following piece be read out loud to a friend with a sense of humor, or a dog. Puppy stream of consciousness: OK, yippee we’re going out. Maniac says pee. Have to remember to pee. Oh wait there’s a leaf. Better pick it up and carry it over here. Hey, a stick. I found a stick. Wait, aren’t I suppose to be doing something? What was…   Continue Reading »

  • Mission

    PoliticallyPurpleNC examines -- from a nonpartisan angle -- the legislative decisions of the North Carolina General Assembly and their potential effects on the citizens of the state. It does so in a setting that includes context -- historical background and social implications. PPNC encourages rational, nonpartisan evaluation and advocacy for the good of the whole.
  • March 2019
    M T W T F S S
    « Feb    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031