Stacking the deck in North Carolina

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They just can’t win without cheating:

North Carolina Republicans, who have been reprimanded by federal courts for targeting minorities with voter ID restrictions and gerrymandering, passed legislation last week to eliminate primary elections for state judges next year in what critics say is a blatant and brazen attempt to take control of the state’s courts.

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill on Monday, but Republicans have a supermajority in the state legislature and can override the governor’s veto.

Rep. David Lewis and Sen. Ralph Hise, Republicans in charge of the elections committees in their respective chambers, issued a statement Monday urging lawmakers to override Cooper’s veto, according to the News and Observer.

The Republican plan has two prongs. Lawmakers are considering new maps for state court districts with a plan that would require many African-American and Democratic judges to run against each other. While that effort has yet to pass the legislature, lawmakers last week passed the separate bill that would, among other things, get rid of primary elections for state judges.

Democratic Rep. Marcia Morey, formerly the chief district judge for Durham County, called the Republican effort a “1-2 punch.”

2 Responses to Stacking the deck in North Carolina

  1. Nicely-Nicely October 10, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Republicans do not believe in democracy. They are autocrats to a person and they are not trying to hide that very much anymore.

  2. Imhotep October 10, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    We’ve discussed the oligarchs behind the curtain like the alt-right Koch and Mercer families, but we need to shine a spotlight on the radical alt-right Sinclair Smith family.

    The Sinclair Smith’s own the Sinclair Broadcasting Group which is based in Maryland.
    SBG currently owns 173 TV stations (soon to be 233) across the country and controls 40% of the market.
    SBG’s net worth is about $6 billion dollars.

    Fascist reactionaries David D. Smith and his three brothers control the media content of SBG which gives cover to right wing extremists like Lewis and Hise in North Carolina.

    The ultra-Right wing (John Birch) Koch’s have ALEC, the Mercer’s have Breitbart and Bannon, but the Sinclair Smith’s own 173 stations and control 40% of the market.

    The election of Trump is no mystery.

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