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  •  And we (3+ / 0-)
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    need to make sure the new "poll tax" bill doesn't pass either.

    Since the GOP gerrymandered its way back into total control for the first time since Reconstruction, they appear to have their sights set on "payback", and little else.

    This bill is payback for a judge telling Rowan County they could no longer open their public meetings with a Christian prayer, and was introduced by its representatives; the "no boobies without duct-tape" law they introduced was payback for not being able to legally stop topless protests in Asheville;  the bill to create a new board to remove control from local school boards is payback for not being able to hold the Wake County school board through regular elections, as evidenced by the fact that Wake was specifically targeted, while we were told that other counties "might" be added to that list;  the bill to restrict voting hours and locations, as well as a new tax on parents of college-age children who register in the district in which they live, is payback for the youth turnout in '08 and '12 that helped the state vote blue.

    What is so sad about this, though, is that NC had been seen as somewhat of an anomaly in the South - and in a good way.  Wake County's election system was considered to be a "model" system, and had visitors from all over the country to see how to "do it right". Wake County's school system was, until the "re-segregationists" took over, considered to be a "model" system as well, and we regularly had visitors to see how a segregated system could transform itself so successfully, through placement policies and "magnet" opportunities.

    Now?  Nobody comes to see us any more.

    Being an election judge, and having worked through all of the early voting days for the last couple of rounds, my pet peeve, of this bunch, is the no-voting bill.  In Wake County, we have between 17 and 21 early voting sites, depending on the election.  That would be changed to one.  Rather than 2-3 weeks of early voting, we would be limited to one - no nights or weekends.

    In '08 and '12, about half of the votes cast were done so before election day.  HALF! The GOP knows the demographics are against them, and rather than making themselves more appealing, have decided to blatantly do whatever it takes, hook-or-by-crook, damn-the-torpedoes, take-no-prisoners, no-holds-barred, take-down of everything that drew the millions of new residents over the last two decades, and take-over of all of the mechanisms by which they can hold on to power by means other than to be democratically elected.

    Their GOP's anger and small-mindedness will cause a collapse of what has these people to NC - education, science, research, medical care, well-maintained parks and recreation, a support for the arts, and a more tolerant atmosphere than the rest of the South, and eventually, will lead to an exodus of the people, and jobs, that were part of the 'Carolina Miracle'.

    I, for one, am not going down quietly, and the first thing I want to hear from these clowns is, "Where are those "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!"  you promised?

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:09:57 AM PDT

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    •  I think we need a boycott--state-wide (0+ / 0-)

      perhaps of some Koch Industry product or Walmart. Or maybe there is a more imaginative target or targets. It needs to be focused and highly organized. Nothing is going to happen until somebody starts feeling some economic pain and that someone isn't a poor person. It worked in Montgomery and it can work here.

      Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

      by Marihilda on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:47:58 AM PDT

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