Statehouse versus local control: Test cases or politics as usual?

Both North Carolina and Georgia are seeing local governance erode in the face of legislative mandates — with the Asheville water system being just one of several major examples. N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho, Republican from Mecklenburg County, claims it’s “just local politics that we’ve always seen.” Mike Berlon, Georgia Democratic Party Chair, says the two states are test cases: “You’ll see this next in Arizona and Texas.”


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