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Dear Donald Trump: Less ‘Casey at the Bat’ and more Hank Aaron

2:12 pm Apr. 28, 2017

Earlier this week, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” had a brief montage of four Americans passing judgment on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Each wrote a letter. Snippets were pieced together.

Leo Smith of Smyrna, in charge of minority participation for the Georgia Republican party, was one of the quartet. The CBS video shows Smith giving Trump an “A” for disruption, but his letter was more nuanced. And much

Report: John Lewis orchestrating protest of GOP plan to punish sit-ins

1:25 pm Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is expected to lead a Democratic protest of the House GOP’s plan to punish future sit-ins on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, according to a report.

Politico reported that the protest will come when the House of Representatives votes on its rules package for the new Congress later this afternoon. The package includes a provision that would garnish lawmakers’ wages for taking pictures, recording audio or

N.C. GOP lawmakers say bathroom deal proves effort was a Dem ‘political stunt’

9:00 am Dec. 20, 2016

North Carolina just can’t seem to quit legislating. 

Four days after Republican lawmakers there hammered through measures in a special session designed to cripple incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, N.C. legislators are set to again return to Raleigh tomorrow.

The purpose? Supposedly to scrap the controversial House Bill 2, aka “the bathroom bill” that has roiled Tar Heel politics.

Veteran N.C. scribe Jim Morrill and his colleagues at the Charlotte Observer break

John Lewis shrugs as GOP promises punishment for sit-in

6:00 am Sep. 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is unmoved by a Republican effort to punish Democrats for participating in a headline-grabbing sit-in over gun control earlier this summer.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV on Thursday, the Atlanta Democrat and civil