NC SPIN Posts by D. G. Martin

Voting for the devil?

You would vote for the devil if he were a Democrat, wouldn’t you?” Thus begins an old story that makes fun of an old-time party-loyal, “yellow-dog” Democrat. His friend was teasing him about...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   June 17, 2016

A jackass or a carpenter?

Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the long-time speaker...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   May 31, 2016

Who said that?

The candidate “has the knack of doing things and doing them noisily, clamorously; while he is in the neighborhood the public can no more look the other way than the small boy can turn his head away...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   October 26, 2015

Not over until its over

Are the legislators really going home soon? Finally! Over the weekend at the UNC-Chapel Hill vs. N.C. A&T football game, House Speaker Tim Moore was all smiles as he confirmed news reports that...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   September 14, 2015

Worrying about Trump

What did Hillary Clinton tell Donald Trump when he invited her to his wedding? She said, “I will come to the wedding if you promise to run for president.” This joke from Winston Salem’s Steve...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   August 11, 2015

Buncombe Bob or Bunkum Trump?

Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him? We did once. When we did, we proved that North Carolinians, like voters across America, can be attracted to tough-talking...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   July 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton's challenges

Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective? Maybe. But it is never too early to ask presidential historian and UNC-Chapel Hill emeritus history...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   May 18, 2015

Is the Civil War over?

One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over? On Saturday we will mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865 final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of...    Read More

by D. G. Martin   |   April 24, 2015