“First, he noted that the maps drawn for North Carolina followed previous court orders. That in no way should imply that the maps were drawn fairly.”
“The state legislature shouldn’t tell municipalities how to run their towns.”
“So, pet one of your 15 hunting dogs while whittling on the front porch or creep down into your basement to love on your pot plants. Chill. Vote. And enjoy our differences.”
“We need to vote our Republican friends away from the table for a while in order to stop this slid into despotism.”
“The biological fact is clear that being lucky in belonging to a favorable genetic pool, of growing up in the ‘right’ neighborhood, of having a lighter skin color, of one’s parents’ social and economic position, and other factors —luck plays a major role in our attitudes and policy decisions.”
“Asheville can become a gilded city, where locals drink from gold-plated reusable straws and feel good about themselves, or it can strive toward a more inclusive vision.”
“And so [as] far as I’m concerned, for printing that for money, you’re nothing but greedy and immoral, and people who vote for these conservatives are voting for a complete destruction of this state.”
“Actually, this bill is in a way directed at every single person who lives in North Carolina. Discrimination of any kind applies to every one of us who lives here.”
“Who wants to move to a state to live downstream from a coal-ash pond in an area where schools are underfunded and employees have no rights? “
North Carolina politics remains in the national spotlight: New York Times guest columnist Sam Wang analyzes “The Great Gerrymander of 2012” — and includes a look at the power of GOP redistricting in the state.
They “disfranchised us, and now we intend to disfranchise them.”
It sounds like what North Carolina Republicans might have said behind closed doors while they were gerrymandering legislative and congressional districts to assure their party’s continuing dominance. However, the words came from a white Democratic state senator more than 100 years ago.
On March 1, the Young Republican’s club of Asheville hosted their monthly social, adding a new event for Buncombe County candidates running for local office this year.
The new Republican majority in the North Carolina General Assembly came ready to play on the first day of the 2011 session yesterday, Jan. 26, with WNC legislators in the starting lineup. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) of Hendersonville even changed the traditional rules of the game.