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I sure hope residents of NC get the news.

Politicians are playing with fire. A smoldering combustion that will in short order engulf centuries of progress if not extinguished on November 6. A blaze that is stealthily burning away the skin of individual rights and allowing a Phoenix of Robber Barons to take flight with the state's wealth; promising to leave our children in pine-tar ruins.

Fellow North Carolinians and members of the press, please redouble your efforts in exposing the agenda we fear. It's real and it's not democratic. And we can not afford to hide behind "every politician does it" excuses.

We stand at the proverbial cliff and it ain't a federal deficit we are worried about. It's the wholesale takeover of our legislative process. Our enemy is a corporate pig so greasy that the best athlete in Benson on Mule Day could not grasp it.

And this shrewd sow, fat from victories in other states, has taken control of NC's Republican Party and many Democrats, too.

The American Legislative Exchange Council along with the Koch brothers through their in-state partner and fellow board member of American's for Prosperity, Art Pope (of dime-store fortune fame), have motivated, funded (purchased) and successfully ensnared naive evangelicals and narrow-minded Tea Party wingers and the leadership of the Republican Party. Whipping them up and inspiring Republicans to ideologically shout state's rights, family values--we know the script--instilling them with patriotic desire to vote against the Democratic bogeyman; pretending to be "God-fearing' comrades while simultaneously plotting their take-over of the government in order to insure that their true corporate agenda weaves the entire fabric of the legislative process.

                                        ~more below the fold~`

So what can we do fellow North Carolinians? The press, for one, can step up and do justice to Edward R. Murrow and realize that there is hardly ever two equal sides to the truth. The truth is what it is. "Call out politicians who lie and make the extra phone calls when investigating stories."

Those residents of NC who are faithful Republicans need to swallow the truthful pill that the old Republican Party of conservatives does not exist and realize that electing more Republicans, especially Pat McCrory as governor, will seal the state's fate for decades to come.

A fate promising dire consequences to education, growth, healthcare, the environment, the state's resources (state parks, museums, prisons, transportation, etc.). An agenda that promises tax cuts, tax cuts and more tax cuts. In reality, it's an agenda that threatens civility and undermines centuries of progress won in deadly battles.

It's a threat to civil rights issues of race, gender and voting: eroding "what it means to be a good human being; possessing a spirit of collective responsibility."

How do we know that today's Republican Party has our best interests at heart? The proof is in the pudding. Let's take a closer look at education as an example.

During the past two years, the Republican-led-legislature has decimated education on all levels; attacking and firing teachers, crowding classrooms, appointing right-wing, rich cronies to boards, de-funding scholarship and teacher development programs while their leaders, House Speaker Tom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger, called the state's most successful early childhood programs, "baby-sitting services" in the face of decades of peer-reviewed evidence that the early-childhood programs are a win-win.

But that's only the beginning, they have plans to privatize the entire system over time.

They have made way for more charter schools already and plan to promote digital for-profit, on-line charters as well as introducing vouchers; which like charter schools, suck tax money from the state's K-12 public system--funds the public schools desperately need to maintain quality and rapidly growing enrollment.

The vouchers are a give away to corporate education companies which provide  unproven learning materials and teaching methods. Jed Bush anyone?... His people are Berger's leading consultants along with ALEC's national education committee which NC legislators have seats upon. They are leading the privatization bull shit.

A reasonable person might presume that legislators would turn to the state's venerable institutions of higher education for guidance in reforming K-12, but there is no profit in that.

For instance, future teachers in NC will receive their certification through a cottage industry started approximately ten years ago. An industry created by allies of ALEC; a scam that lacks any appropriate accreditation except accolades from think tanks they created!

I call it the "Give us the dough and we certify you to teach enterprise."

There is no reason to doubt that the private, for-profit--yes, for-profit religious schools in NC that will be funded by vouchers--will, like their cohorts in Georgia, teach flat-earth creationism.

Do the corporate leaders care? Not now, the voucher and charter school initiatives please their voting evangelical constituency while making them fortunes.

Many of these schools are for whites only. Nuff said.

The state once known as an oasis of educational opportunity in the South will become a global laughing stock. Wait, the Republican legislature won that prize this past year when they ignored a costly, thorough, scientific sea-level-rise study.

European newspapers covered the Republican legislature's sea-rise denial that ducked science so developers wouldn't be burdened with climatic truth getting in the way of building profitable gated communities for the one percent on ocean-front property.  

Late-night comedians poured salt on the wounds made to the state's intellectual integrity by these arbiters of "GOD."

Another onerous Republican sellout to corporations this summer was the fast tracking of a FRACKING bill. The fracking bill provides no protections for our water and air and the new committee appointed by the Republican leadership to write the rules on fracking was stacked with "Gas" company executives. Wake up property rights people, eminent domain power for the gas and oil companies to take your land is already on the books in NC. The law provides no local control.

Ask the Sierra Club about the passed air toxic regulation bill that cuts regulations and will pollute our air again and comes after years of progress in cleaning up.

The Republican House Chair has a bullseye on our Department of Environmental and Natural Resources on his office window. Ask Clint what his true intentions are?

The Republicans moved to privatize the famed NC Zoo this summer. All our state resources are under attack! Republicans will sell our state land to the insiders, you bet; privatize the state parks, you bet; toll roads, you bet; no more Planned Parenthood, you bet; no more abortions of any kind, you bet; no more birth control, you bet; no more early voting, you bet; a stringent voter ID bill coming, you bet; no education for children of immigrants, you bet; Arizona's flagrant immigrant papers law in NC, you bet; freedom to carry guns in churches, schools and bars, you bet...etcetera.

But wait I've saved an important issue for last, healthcare in NC. The Republicans have not moved to implement ACA in any way although the  medical community and hospitals encouraged them to do so.

If McCrory wins, the crew in Raleigh most likely will follow Texas. That means no Medicaid potentially or at least greatly reduced Medicaid funding. Grandma and disabled children will be out of luck and shoved from care homes into the street. No shit Sherlock, that's what's at stake.

NC needed money the past two years, but what did the Republicans do? They passed a tax cut for the wealthy; expect more of the same.

This diary is getting long. Perhaps others Dkos members can add to this partial list of what's at stake in North Carolina on Nov. 6?

Residents of NC of all political persuasions, please do a little more research about who and what you are voting for, then:

"Vote like your life depends upon it, because it does!"  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, North Carolina NAACP President.

Originally posted to North Carolina BLUE on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:10 PM PDT.

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  •  It doesn't help (13+ / 0-)

    that the state Dem party has been a mess for several years now.  They have to clean up their act so we can better combat the insane Republican legislature.

  •  Frustrating beyond belief (6+ / 0-)

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:25:13 PM PDT

  •  Voted Straight ticket Dem (7+ / 0-)

    on my ballot, and guess what? There wasn't even a democrat challenger to the republicans in the Senate and House in my district. McCrory's pretty much got the governor ship in the bag, so our only hope is to retake the Legislature and deny the rethugs the ability to completely destroy our state.

  •  Surrounded by red here as well (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for voting and sharing

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:28:58 PM PDT

  •  A question. (3+ / 0-)
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    You've blocked this which would lead one to believe it's been cut and pasted here and was not written by you.

    Can you clarify?

    The really depressing thing is that what you describe isn't terribly unique to any state where the Reps control almost all aspects of government.  I think we on the left (and the Democratic Party nationally) focus too much at the Federal level and have conceded the state level to the Repups...and this is the kind of crap we see as a result.

    "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

    by grog on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:48:36 PM PDT

  •  Good Diary ... (12+ / 0-)

    Good Diary. I was thinking about writing one myself to tell people that NC is not only about the President.
    A Total win in NC could be historic in nature.  I have highlighted some of these in this diary here.. NC needs to remain that bastion, that fortress between the Northern states and the Southern States. We have the demographics, we have the intellectuals, we have the passion, the enthusiasm. We just need the right leadership.

    We MUST focus on a total win in NC. Meaning, we want to win the Presidency, Win the Governorship, Win as many House seats as possible, win the local races (Senate + House) and win the Judges and the City Councils.

    That's what is at stake.  I have watched the Tea Party led coalition dismantle every achievement of Governor Mike Easley with the help of some pathetic Democrats.
    Thanks to Beverly Purdue for standing up to these crooks.
    I'm convinced that with a massive GOTV effort , this McCrory's lead could be overturn.

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 04:04:04 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, (4+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, Bev was swift-boated before she had a shot. She does deserve praise for holding the fort or plugging the dike...

    When will they ever learn :)

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 04:09:17 PM PDT

  •  Good luck (3+ / 0-)
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    I hope the citizens of NC deserve better. On Nov 6th I guess the state will show us the answer.

  •  Downticket is important in every state (9+ / 0-)

    It is just that the 2010 GOP takeover of the NC legislature has been one huge disaster that gets locked in if they are able to win this year.

    The Democratic Party has been in the pocket of business interests for well over a hundred years, but now it has significantly weakened participation in state an local elections.

    But most important of all in NC are the judicial elections and Soil and Water commissioners.  Because intense effort there can pay off in changes in government.  And Soil and Water commission is not a bad place from which to run for County Commission.

    Thanks for this focus on NC.  We're in a mell of a hess because we got complacent.  And the Democratic Party lacks folks of the stature of Frank Porter Graham and Terry Sanford.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:11:57 PM PDT

    •  These statewide races for judges are nonpartisan (5+ / 0-)

      and not covered by the Dem Straight-party vote. The Supreme Court race will determine which party controls the majority of the NC Supreme Court - our last line of defense against a complete Teapublican takeover.

      Supreme Court Justice - JUDGE SAMUEL J. ERVIN, IV;

      Court of Appeals Judge (3 separate contests) - LINDA MCGEE, WANDA BRYANT, and CRESSIE THIGPEN;

      NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

      by bear83 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:43:36 PM PDT

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  •  3 Votes Here (6+ / 0-)

    My niece, grandniece and I voted early and straight Democrat ticket. We are hoping and praying and fighting to get the votes so that Elisabeth Motisinger can defeat Virginia Foxx.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:36:25 PM PDT

  •  Art Pope is the man behind this disaster in NC. (10+ / 0-)

    “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

    by LamontCranston on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:41:20 PM PDT

  •  I mailed my 80th personal letter (3+ / 0-)
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    To new/infrequent NC women voters today, and ordered up 20 more names to write to, for the NC Women Vote Woman-to-Woman letters project.  I've got friends and family in NC and I hate to see the state torn apart by Republican extremists.

    It's a very well organized project, and there's still time to convice a few more voters to get themselves to the polls.  You can register to write letters here:

    We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

    by susanWAstate on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:12:20 PM PDT

    •  Good on you (2+ / 0-)
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      Stop bye when visiting!

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:23:12 PM PDT

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      •  Was there in Sept hoping to see (1+ / 0-)
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        The President's acceptance speech, but foiled by thunderstorms.  Enjoyed visit with family and friends in Salem & Raleigh areas though.

        We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

        by susanWAstate on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:36:24 PM PDT

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        •  Lived in your country, too (1+ / 0-)
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          Years in Ashland....oh the park, Shakespeare, the high mtn lakes and the fishing, the fishing.

          the Gaylord Hotel down town San Fran, a railroad apt. and others western delights among the way, but NC is home and I returned not to the Piedmont farm but to the high country, fishing.
          I'm crying over our "state of things," punching back as best I can.
          Thanks for sharing

          "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

          by smiley7 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:45:09 PM PDT

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  •  last year, the republican controlled house and (3+ / 0-)
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    senate wanted to close two Dept. of Envirnomental and Natural ResourcesRegional Offices putting at least 150 people out of work.  After much opposition from industry, the offices were saved but the leglislatures spent money on justification reviews.   They want to spend more tax payer money for another justification review this year.  

    •  We need to take back... (2+ / 0-)
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      At least ONE House of the General Assembly. If Pat McCrory wins, and has a Republican G.A., virtually ALL of those things you cited may well come to pass...although I really do think the voters will make them pay dearly for those things, starting in 2014. No way any of that stuff could possibly make this state any "better" by any stretch of the imagination, just as nothing Scott Walker--apparently, Pat McCrory's new hero--has done improved ANYTHING in Wisconsin--save for people like the Koch Brothers.

      "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."--George Santayana

      by GainesT1958 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:37:10 PM PDT

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  •  Problem is (3+ / 0-)
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    as an earlier comment pointed out, there are far too many uncontested seats in both the legislature and judiciary, as well as statewide offices -- and not just in NC. Even when the only choice is a Dem that has always made me uncomfortable. Reminds me of elections in the old Soviet Union. That's why the pols in the majority can get away with gerrymandering the representatives we actually voted for out from under us. It's all about creating "safe seats". Layer generations of greed, collusion, dissembling and outright cowardice and it gets hard to have much hope that things will get better... someday. The Reps are going to sweep in NC this year, mostly because they haven't been called out on what they've been doing since they got control of the legislature in 2010. They've had a free pass, just like at the Federal level. That and a lack of credible opposition. Even when challengers are put up, a lot of the time they run without much party support and have to compete for air time with those members of their own party who have managed to become institutions in their own right. Two examples of what I'm talking about: quick, who will be the Dem candidates for NC gov and US Pres in 2016? Those crickets you here are the sounds of selfish self-promotion and nest feathering.

  •  I've said several times that if the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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    win, I hope those who vote for them get what they want, and get it good and hard.  That's all I know to say because there is no reasoning with these people.  You'd think, from the way they talk, the only people receiving the benefits of the progress in NC are democrats...that there are no republicans with grannies on Medicaid and so on.

    Athletics get more attention in the news here than anything but something that bleeds.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 03:36:59 AM PDT

  •  great article (3+ / 0-)
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    I really fear for the state, too.  Higher education will be defunded.  Elementart education will be guided by the religious right.  And as has been state throughout, health care will belong to those who can already afford it.  

    Obama still has a shot at winning NC.  I also believe Obama may have coattails here, but I haven't heard of any effort to use them.  I find that really disappointing.  There were lots of Blacks at the polls when I voted yesterday in Nash County.  My impression is that they voted for Obama, and there was little interest in the rest of the ticket.  Dalton is really desparately needed to contain the idiocy of our legislature.

  •  So important to get this word out. An imploding (1+ / 0-)
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    NC is a terrible thing to contemplate. I lived there for four years and can't imagine all this happening there where people always seemed sensible and independent in spirit. They must not know what is being planned for them for the right. Is it economic hardship that would drive them to approve of the right wing's measures or what?

    I had heard this was going on in SC, and to some extent here in FL as well, but it sounds like a true takeover in the Carolinas. I find it just sickening to think of so much progress being undone by greed and corruption.

    Whatever happened to the whole outrage against corruption?

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:46:27 AM PDT

  •  North Carolina... (1+ / 0-)
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    Is about to become the new Georgia!

    Backwards we go.  

  •  REMEMBER THIS: (1+ / 0-)
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    The instructions for voting a straight party ticket are on the ballot, but could use some reinforcement here.  If you vote straight party:

    a. Unless otherwise noted, a Straight Party
    vote is a vote for ALL candidates of that party
    in PARTISAN OFFICES. It is not necessary
    to mark individual candidates for PARTISAN
    OFFICES if you vote a Straight Party.
    But there IS an exception to this rule, so you have to read the rest, especially (e)
    b. You may vote a Straight Party AND ALSO
    vote for a candidate of a different party in any
    individual office.
    c. In any multi-seat office, a Straight Party
    vote is a vote for ALL candidates of that party.
    If you individually vote for any candidate in a
    multi-seat office, you must also individually
    mark all other candidates in that office for
    whom you wish to vote in order for all votes
    for that office to be counted.
    d. If you do not vote a Straight Party below,
    you may vote by marking each office
    e. A Straight Party vote does not include US
    President and Vice President, unaffiliated
    candidates, nonpartisan offices, issues or

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:07:06 AM PDT

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