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  •  First of all, no (12+ / 0-)

    The major population centers of NC, the Triangle and the Charlotte region, are not intolerant at all.  In fact, I grew up in Northern NJ, went to college in Philly and then spent six years in Durham, and Durham was by FAR the least racist and MOST racially harmonious place I have ever lived in.  It wasnt even close.  And believe me, as an Atheist, you'd find yourself in good company in the Triangle.

    The Republicans in power right now know their days are numbered.  They have never before controlled the entire state (legislature and governorship), and so they're trying their damndest to get as much onerous legislation passed before they are thrown out on their asses in a few years.

    I'm really disappointed to see so many on this site giving up on NC so quickly when it was just a few years ago a beacon of Liberal hope in the South.  

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

    by Brian A on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:35:04 AM PDT

    •  Exactly. (7+ / 0-)

      North Carolina currently has one of the least tolerant state legislatures. But instead of folks on this site asking, "What could the national progressive movement do to help restore one of the most progressive states in the south?" The attitude seems to be, "Well, I knew all along they were in-bred troglodytes, but it's nice to have it out in the open."

    •  giving up? I don't see it that way at all. (1+ / 0-)
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      Brian A

      People here, I'd imagine, are politically sophisticated enough to understand what's going on. Including that the Research Triangle and University areas are a beacon in the state, much like Austin is in TX.

      Who's giving up? The title is provocative but really? Are people "giving up"? I'll admit I'm not glued to the site like I used to be but I don't see anyone giving up on NC. Just illuminating the crazy shit happening in the state houses and governor's mansions. And rightfully so. The vote against LGBT rights was a blow, but it was a long shot. Everyone was hopeful (BECAUSE of research triangle etc etc) and I remember everyone being saddened by the result. But not totally shocked. It's the south. It'll take a while. And like many state legis in BLUE states (WI MI MN PA) shit is off the rails.

    •  I live here (5+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle, Brian A, UnionMade, SneakySnu, DawnN

      and I am not seeing a lot of signs of effective organizing.

      Well except for the FOUR BLOCK LONG, entirely-in-Spanish pro-immigration march that I passed while I was driving down Central Ave. in Charlotte yesterday evening. A march made up entirely of people who probably don't register on the liberal blog community's (or the old-school Democratic party's) radar.

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      by kismet on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 07:12:02 AM PDT

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    •  They're Gerrymandered pretty well (2+ / 0-)
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      and will own the legislature for at LEAST this decade if not the next.

      The Governor's office is a different story, but we had Gov. Martin (R) between Gov. Hunt's (D) terms (considering that Martin ran against Rufus, it's not really a surprise).

      So we have to somehow hold on to 2016.  But we got SCREWED by the national party in 2010.

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      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:10:54 AM PDT

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