Category: Opinion

Offering individual opinions on the state and its politics

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 »

On Cows and Things

                Editor’s Note: The following came to me as a letter from an old friend in Vermont — a former dairy farmer (and also former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture) who gave up cows for turkeys almost three decades ago, and who lately has added popcorn to his repertoire. I had written to ask him about the veracity of the many articles on dairy cows I was seeing, alluding to forced births in herds to enhance the milking schedule….   Continue Reading »

A Good Idea Is A Good Idea

In their recent staff editorial, the editorial board of the News & Observer hit the gerrymandering nail on the head. Included is this reference to perhaps the wisest grandmother of nonpartisan redistricting, the Iowa method: “One better approach to redistricting is found in Iowa, where partisanship has been drained out of the process almost entirely. Iowa’s legislative and congressional districts are drawn by a nonpartisan state agency without regard to voter registration data or previous election results. The legislature has up to three opportunities to approve…   Continue Reading »

Sailing With Shredded Flags

Editorial by Nelda Holder     It is my alarming observation that the state of North Carolina, my own home state and host to my immigrant great-great grandfather, a stone mason from Ireland (who helped build the Capitol in Raleigh), is currently sailing with shredded flags straight into a hurricane. Battered by numerous constitutional issues that have involved no less than the lifeblood of our nation—the right to vote—we are now facing a monumental storm that is being fed by political climate change. And yes,…   Continue Reading »

Thank You for a Speech for the Ages

Politically Purple NC has the underlying theme of exploring the endemic propensities and culture of the publisher’s home state of North Carolina. Last week, the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, gave one of the most eloquent speeches this writer has read in some time, and it so embodies the spirit of culture-analysis that PPNC strives to provide that it begs sharing here. Landrieu speaks to the cultural impact of slavery and the soul-searching corrections that must be pulled from our innermost sanctuaries of prejudice and/or…   Continue Reading »

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    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.
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