The Truth Behind Phony Outrage

In July 2016, the North Carolina legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act—more commonly known as House Bill 2—which forbids individuals from using bathrooms that do not match their birth gender. The bill, which was signed into law by governor Patrick McCrory on March 23, bans local governments from enacting anti-discrimination policies or setting their own minimum wage laws, but is best known for its stipulation regarding bathroom usage. According to McCrory, it was enacted to reinforce state authority over local government and defend standards of public decency,…

The Fall of the Southern Democrats

The 2014 midterm elections — the nation’s largest midterm landslide in nearly a century — marked a political watershed for the Southern states in particular. Only four years ago, at the 2010 midterms, Democratic congressmen remained cautiously hopeful that their party could hold its ground — what remained of it — in the South. Arkansas congressman Vic Snyder even went on record saying he felt there would be many moderate Democrats in the South come next election cycle. However, even as analysts warned against writing off the Southern Democrats prematurely,…