Last month fifty percent of North Carolina voters described their state legislature as “a national embarrassment,” and polling out today shows that 2014 Democrats are in strong positions to win in several legislative districts where the state’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory won handedly.
Between making it more difficult for North Carolina voters to cast a ballot and creating barriers for women to be able to get an abortion, North Carolina's Republican Speaker Thom Tillis was ensuring that his donors were receiving lucrative appointments in state government.
We trust police officers to use deadly force in our communities - in the neighborhoods where our children sleep - yet North Carolina Republicans apparently don't trust them to follow the law when voting. As the Charlotte Observer explains, Senate GOP legislators just unveiled their version of a new voting restriction bill, which "eliminates about half the types of photo identification allowed under the House version, including cards from UNC system colleges, state community colleges, local governments, private employers and law enforcement agencies."
North Carolinians need to ask themselves: if Republicans don't even trust police officers enough to let them vote without jumping through unnecessary hurdles, what chance does anyone else have?
If the election were held today, North Carolina would be as blue a state as Minnesota - and according to the latest poll, Tar Heel Republicans have only themselves to blame:
"The GOP has an overall 35% approval rating for how it's running state government with 55% of voters disapproving. Democrats now lead the generic legislative ballot 51/42, the largest lead we've ever found for them since we started tracking this statistic.
"Voters are so unhappy with the legislature that the protesters are coming out more popular... by a 47/41 margin voters say they have a higher opinion of the protestors than they do of the General Assembly. Those numbers may be a reflection of the sentiment North Carolinians hold by a 46/36 margin that the General Assembly is causing North Carolina 'national embarrassment.'"