Susan J. Demas


Veteran journalist: Forcing 10-year-old rape victims to give birth isn’t moral, just or ‘pro-life’

By: - July 6, 2022

For the first decades after Roe v. Wade was decided, anti-abortion forces made the case that they were the real pro-women movement. They claimed to love the sinner (the fallen woman) but hated the sin of abortion. They just wanted to save female babies. And some promised to be there with the first box of […]


The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

By: - January 11, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

A key pandemic lesson: Throwing money at the problem of poverty actually works

By: - October 20, 2021

If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to suffer...


We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID.

By: - August 11, 2021

Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — those of us who have tried to do everything right have no more f–ks left to give. Anti-vaxxers, COVID conspiracy theorists and […]

Stein, other attorneys general tell congressional leaders to guard against voter suppression, possibly reform the filibuster

By: - August 2, 2021

A group of 22 attorneys general including North Carolina’s Josh Stein, on Monday sent a letter to bipartisan congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion and possibly reform the filibuster. “Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the […]

The latest on Trump’s effort to overturn the vote in Michigan

By: - November 20, 2020

Michigan state House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, both Republicans, are supposed to be headed to the White House Friday for a chat with President Donald Trump, who’s been eager to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared Thursday night on […]


RBG is gone. This is why we fight.

By: - September 21, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died. We have lost so much as a country during these last four years of Donald Trump’s […]

Why are there so few stories about Trump’s health and sexual harassment scandals?

By: - January 7, 2020

In the past few days, President Trump may have stumbled into a war with Iran and was accused by yet another woman of sexual harassment. If you haven’t heard about the former, you can quickly remedy that by turning on cable news, whose specialty is cheerleading the march to war (any war). You could also […]

Stein joins other AGs to sue Trump over Endangered Species Act rollback

By: - September 30, 2019

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a coalition of state attorneys general that’s suing the Trump administration’s over its rules weakening the 1973 Endangered Species Act. In August, the U.S. Interior and Commerce departments announced final rule changes, including mandating that regulators must look at economic factors when determining whether a species should be […]