Helen of Marlowe's Blog

Democracy in North Carolina

Posted in "North Carolina", Government, NC by helenofmarlowe on December 26, 2016

Why did NC bother to hold an election?

We, the people of NC, voted for Roy Cooper, a Democrat, to be our next Governor.
In response, our legislators called emergency session and hurriedly, without
public discussion, passed bills that undermine the will of the voters.
The people voted for a Democrat to replace a Republican on the NC Supreme Court,
so the legislation will require constitutional challenges, now, to go to the
Republican majority Court of Appeals before a case can be heard by the NC Supreme court, where our votes created a Democratic majority. The legislators stripped our new governor of the power to appoint a majority to the state Board of Elections.
They stripped the governor of his ability to name members of the boards of state universities. They reduced the number of state employees the governor can appoint from 1,500, under McCrory, to 425 for Governor Cooper, and they will require Cooper’s appointments to agencies to be approved by legislators.
A Democrat won the office of Governor, so the Republican legislators will stop him, to the extent possible, from being able to perform the duties of the office he was elected to.
Andrew Reynolds, a Professor of Political Science at the UNC Chapel Hill and an expert on democracy and democratic systems, says that NC can no longer be considered a democracy.
This institutional brinksmanship in NC is being discussed on national news, the entire nation is looking at how we are losing our democracy in NC, and we must, in all seriousness, ask whether our elections matter and whether we want our democratic rule of law to continue to be eroded.


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  1. Robert A. Vella said, on December 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Reblogged this on The Secular Jurist.

  2. JoAnn Chateau said, on December 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I think/hope the dirty deed is backfiring on NC Republicans. What they did is terrible and frighting, but they are being shamed on the national public stage for being loyal to their party over the NC people and to democracy, the bedrock of our country. Everyone can see that that they’re fools. Hopefully, NC will turn entirely “blue” by the 2018 midterm elections. Keep up the good fight, Helen. Happy New Year, 2017 is going to be interesting!

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