December 21, 2016

North Carolina Republicans’ shocking power grab, explained
"Both bills have passed (McCrory signed one on Friday) effectively crippling Cooper from exercising the powers of the office McCrory himself enjoyed. This is part of a longer history of state Republicans trying to change the rules in their favor. In 2011, after Republicans took control of both the state House and Senate, they passed a redistricting plan that would ensure Republican control in the state’s representation, and attempted to pass sweeping voting restrictions that disproportionally affected Democratic voters — measures that have thus far been successfully challenged in court as discriminatory. What’s happening in North Carolina is a microcosm of what Democrats fear nationwide. Trump lost the popular vote, but won sweeping control over government anyway."