North Carolina is an oligarchy disguised as a representative democracy. Gerrymandering gives the illusion that the people in control have popular support. The party drawing the map can design the districts so that their party will almost always win, even if fewer people vote for them. The NC legislature has rigged the game so that they will always win, no matter how much North Carolina looses.
North Carolina’s “monster” voting law imposed a number of voting restrictions and was struck down by the US 4th Cir. Court of Appeals, which held that the law was “enacted with racially discriminatory intent in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and § 2 of the Voting Rights Act”. Ousted former NC governor McCrory appealed it to the US Supreme Court a few days before he left office.
By the power invested in me as a person with a keyboard and internet connection, I hereby declare that January 20, 2017 is “Fund Freedom Friday”!
In a democracy, the people must be included, not excluded, from public discourse and legislative deliberations.
This administrative meeting had everything: The NC GOP’s star witness “pleading the 5th”, reports of meeting in a van parked in the Burger King Parking lot, calls from “Steve from McCrory’s campaign” which magically confer attorney-client privilege, and so so much more.
Here is the lowdown on NC’s JUNE 7 special election: After a bit of legal wrangling, North Carolinians can VOTE for a State Supreme Court Justice in a contested NC 2nd seat election and candidates to represent NC in the US House of Representatives. Get the 411 and get yourself to a polling place.