RALEIGH — North Carolina state government is headed into the 2021-22 fiscal year with nearly $5 billion in unanticipated revenue and unencumbered savings. Even after making critical deposits into the state’s rainy-day fund, reserve for repairing and renovating state buildings, and other accounts, there’ll be enough money left on the table to start a fight.
From time to time, a stereotypical rumor will get started concerning some preacher somewhere, namely that he is running around with his secretary or piano player. In my case, this is entirely true, and I hope that it will continue to be so for a very long time since I am married to the amazing woman who fills both of those roles. Thus it is that our church has an unusual paradigm; if the pastor here ISN’T running around with the secretary and piano player there is a problem.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of doing evangelistic meetings and revivals is that one gets to see new places and experience new things. Mind you, some of those “new places and new things” have been roachy motels and meetings that made me ask “what in the world am I even doing here,” but most have been utterly amazing.
The thousands of migrants trying to enter the United States at the southern border have sparked a fresh wave of political debate over who should be let into the country and how minors and others seeking asylum should be treated.
As Americans continue to grapple with racial violence and the legacies of slavery, it is worth remembering the roots of the movement that created the nation’s first federal civil rights law, passed by Congress 155 years ago this week.
In a press conference following a “CBS 60 Minutes” report that Covid-19 vaccination distribution was influenced by campaign donations in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’s “punching back” against a lying media narrative. The deceptively edited banter between Florida’s governor and CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi sparked a firestorm of controversy. For good reason. DeSantis’s aggressive response provides a lesson that when it comes to woke bullying and fake narratives, sometimes you have to hit the bully back.
Imagine: It’s election night, Tuesday, November 8, 2022. As election results come in, it is looking increasingly likely that Republicans will take control of the House and Senate. Democrats are trying to figure out why this happened — after all, they spent the midterms airing ads all about how dangerous right-wing conspiracy theories are and how horrible it is that Republicans support them. There’s a simple answer to why Democrats lost: they have spent the last two years passing incremental half-measures that do not change the lives of any Americans and that do not make the country better.