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McCrory stepped into a world of crap left by 100yrs of democrat rule

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You could not be more wrong. The Basnights, the Easleys, the Hunts, etc have finally been removed. Old corrupt house leaders sent to jail and removed (Black). Oversight finally being done in certain departments. Commissions where political favors were done are being gutted. Bartlett will be removed soon I bet...

Republicans will still look for ways to limit voter rights, limit the social safety net, reduce taxes for the politically influential and emphasize godly principles in their decision making, just like the Democrats did for the majority of the years they controlled state government. As far as corruption coming to an end now that the GOP is in control of the state's affairs, I know you are not that naïve. I have no doubt, knowing the widespread hate that existed in NC for the GOP just a few decades ago, that Democrats would still be adding to their years of control if not for one thing, and one thing only, The Civil Rights Act.

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No, I actually think he's that naive. otherwise he would not have made this kind of stupid thread.

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Republicans will still look for ways to limit voter rights, limit the social safety net, reduce taxes for the politically influential and emphasize godly principles in their decision making, just like the Democrats did for the majority of the years they controlled state government. As far as corruption coming to an end now that the GOP is in control of the state's affairs, I know you are not that naïve. I have no doubt, knowing the widespread hate that existed in NC for the GOP just a few decades ago, that Democrats would still be adding to their years of control if not for one thing, and one thing only, The Civil Rights Act.

Republicans are not going to limit any legal voter's rights.

Social safety net has been operating on a loan from the feds for years with no budget to pay it back. Bev was taking a page from Obama-style of governing.

I haven't seen many taxes reduced for politically influential. Got articles?

Who's being naive...commissions through state government have been chockful of dem-control and corruptions for countless decades. Hell...take the Coastal Resources Commission for example where Basnight simply allowed shrimpers to rape estuaries for decades. Things are going to change. Hopefully menhaden netters will be stopped as well. Watching these jackholes throw out black drum out of their nets...and other "game fish" we'd like classified is sickening. Basnight being gone and total control changing is going to be interesting to watch.

http://www.wral.com/senate-oks-overhaul-of-state-commissions/12077969/

The bill, which sailed through the Senate in about 48 hours, would effectively fire all members of the Utilities Commission, Environmental Management Commission, Coastal Resources Commission, Lottery Commission and Wildlife Resources Commission.

No job is safe...reapply.

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RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers outlined a proposal Wednesday to revamp the state’s tax system, offering a slew of reforms that would radically shift the tax burden in North Carolina.

The proposal would eliminate personal and corporate income taxes in exchange for higher state sales taxes levied against groceries, medical expenses and other currently tax-free services.

But critics caution that the proposals represent a fundamental change in who pays the state’s tax burden, and economists said that low-income people would feel the brunt. “For this particular proposal, the responsibility would shift from rich households and prosperous corporations to poor households and smaller businesses,” Dave Ribar, a professor at UNC-Greensboro, concluded in his analysis of the proposal.

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'THE GREAT GERRYMANDER OF 2012' SPOTLIGHTS N.C. Sam Wang, the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, wrote in Sunday's New York Times about how the 2012 election results didn't reflect who was elected thanks to Republican redistricting: "Using statistical tools that are common in fields like my own, neuroscience, I have found strong evidence that this historic aberration arises from partisan disenfranchisement. Although gerrymandering is usually thought of as a bipartisan offense, the rather asymmetrical results may surprise you. ... I have developed approaches to detect such shenanigans by looking only at election returns. To see how the sleuthing works, start with the naïve standard that the party that wins more than half the votes should get at least half the seats. In November, five states failed to clear even this low bar: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. ... In North Carolina, where the two-party House vote was 51 percent Democratic, 49 percent Republican, the average simulated delegation was seven Democrats and six Republicans. The actual outcome? Four Democrats, nine Republicans — a split that occurred in less than 1 percent of simulations. If districts were drawn fairly, this lopsided discrepancy would hardly ever occur."

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'THE GREAT GERRYMANDER OF 2012' SPOTLIGHTS N.C. Sam Wang, the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, wrote in Sunday's New York Times about how the 2012 election results didn't reflect who was elected thanks to Republican redistricting: "Using statistical tools that are common in fields like my own, neuroscience, I have found strong evidence that this historic aberration arises from partisan disenfranchisement. Although gerrymandering is usually thought of as a bipartisan offense, the rather asymmetrical results may surprise you. ... I have developed approaches to detect such shenanigans by looking only at election returns. To see how the sleuthing works, start with the naïve standard that the party that wins more than half the votes should get at least half the seats. In November, five states failed to clear even this low bar: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. ... In North Carolina, where the two-party House vote was 51 percent Democratic, 49 percent Republican, the average simulated delegation was seven Democrats and six Republicans. The actual outcome? Four Democrats, nine Republicans — a split that occurred in less than 1 percent of simulations. If districts were drawn fairly, this lopsided discrepancy would hardly ever occur."

Don't need Charlotte, Greensboro, and RDU controlling the entire government.

Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what this looks like.

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Good grief...Brad Miller was behind the 2000 redistricting and drew himself a congressional district. By law (Voting Rights act of 65), we are mandated to have stupid districts like Mel Watts. Wake County has been butchered for decades to keep people like Miller, Price, and Etheridge in the house. Elmers ended up surprising Etheridge and was rewarded with a stronger district.

Want to end gerrymandering...tell the NY Times to quit lobbying the USSC to keep the Voting Rights Act alive. It's usefulness is over.

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One thing became clear watching returns on election night 2012- Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina provided Republicans with serious electoral gains in the Tar Heel state. 2010 gerrymandering by Republicans is not the first time North Carolina has been identified as an egregious case of the practice. North Carolina’s 12th Congressional district which encompasses parts of Winston-Salem has long been known by students of political science as “political pornography” after the Wall Street Journal coined the phrase. Since its creation by NC Democrats in 1992 the 12th has been one of the most litigated congressional districts in American Republican redistricting in 2010 created almost impregnable state House/Senate districts and took a 7-6 Democratic majority and flipped it into a 10-3 Republican majority for North Carolinian’s congressional delegation… all without a single vote being cast. Groups like the right-wing Civitas Institute, which is financed by Art Pope who single-handily used millions to help the GOP win a majority in the legislature in 2010 for the purpose of controlling redistricting, likes to say that “Elections have consequences.” Rev. Barber from the NC NAACP contends that redistricting in 2010 has led to defacto, political segregation.

As the Atlantic Magazine reported earlier in the year in an article that focused, in part, of NC gerrymandering:

This ritual carving and paring of the United States into 435 sovereign units, known as redistricting, was intended by the Framers solely to keep democracy’s electoral scales balanced. Instead, redistricting today has become the most insidious practice in American politics—a way, as the opportunistic machinations following the 2010 census make evident, for our elected leaders to entrench themselves in 435 impregnable garrisons from which they can maintain political power while avoiding demographic realities.

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McCrory’s New Pre-K Director May have Committed Voter Fraud in Forsyth County: A statewide voter registration search for Dianna Lightfoot reveals only one such person registered to vote in the state by that name. The address given for Dianna Lightfoot is 353 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem. 353 Jonestown Road is a UPS Store. The Forsyth County Board of Elections has confirmed that individuals may only register to vote using their residential address. They were unaware that Ms. Lightfoot had registered using an address other than a residential address, and are currently pursuing the appropriate response since being notified of the situation at noon today. The CBOE mapping specialist also confirmed that the address provided by Lightfoot was a UPS store.

The State Board of Elections confirmed that using an address on a voter registration form other than your residential address is a crime. According to North Carolina elections law, it is a Class I felony for anyone to provide false or misleading information on a Voter Registration form.

The voter registration application clearly states that residential address information must be provided, clarifying in parenthesis STREET ADDRESS WHERE YOU LIVE followed by the statement no P.O. Boxes or Rural Routes. At the end of the form, just to the right of the signature line on the application, highlighted in red letters, is the statement Warning: If you sign this form and know it to be false, you can be convicted of a Class I felony. http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/mccrorys-new-pre-k-director-may-have-committed-voter-fraud-in-forsyth-county/

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pope in the new yorker magazine In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows, Governor Elect Pat McCrory today announced that Republican mega-donor and Rose’s Department store heir Art Pope will play a major role in the new Governor’s transition team. So will several of Art Pope’s current and former advisers Art Pope is famous in North Carolina for also using millions of his own dollars bank-rolling the GOP take-over of the General Assembly in 2010 as well as the scandal plagued Wake County school board that tried to bring back a form of school segregation. The take-over of the General Assembly led to the latest round of redistricting which was used, as one Republican consultant put it, “To make wombs for our guys and tombs for the other guys”. Pope is widely seen as one of the poster boys for the damage that the Citizens United decision has done to American politics. http://www.camelcity...-of-transition/

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State for Sale

A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds

Art Pope Owns North Carolina Pope's triumph in 2010 was sweeping. According to an analysis by the Institute for Southern Studies, of the twenty-two legislative races targeted by him, his family, and their organizations, the Republicans won eighteen, placing both chambers of the General Assembly firmly under Republican majorities for the first time since 1870. North Carolina's Democrats in Congress hung on to power, but those in the state legislature, where Pope had focused his spending, were routed.

The institute also found that three-quarters of the spending by independent groups in North Carolina's 2010 state races came from accounts linked to Pope. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/art-pope-owns-north-carolina/246295/

Read more: http://www.newyorker...r#ixzz2KL2bc6CB

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Wait, someone was spending money on state legislature races when a good percentage of voters don't even know who their state representative is? Talk about a waste of money.

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