State for Sale - How Conservatives bought NC

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    Oct 07, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    NC was the only state NOT to have a constitutional amendement banning gay marriage. Why? Because the Democrats have controlled the house since the early 1900s and they didn't want to bring it up. There have been very few Republican governors as well. Although the state has typically voted Republican on the national level it is a blue state on the local level. When Obama won the state it was a call for action among conservatives to take it back.

    I was listening to Terry Gross's interview Jane Mayer who wrote an article on how the Republicans poured money into the state to win congressional seats which they filled with all these lovely tea party crackpots you've been hearing about:

    STATE FOR SALE A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds.
    by Jane Mayer
    OCTOBER 10, 2011 “In a very real sense, Democrats running for office in North Carolina are running against Art Pope,” one political operative says.

    In the spring of 2010, the conservative political strategist Ed Gillespie flew from Washington, D.C., to Raleigh, North Carolina, to spend a day laying the groundwork for REDMAP, a new project aimed at engineering a Republican takeover of state legislatures. Gillespie hoped to help his party get control of statehouses where congressional redistricting was pending, thereby leveraging victories in cheap local races into a means of shifting the balance of power in Washington. It was an ingenious plan, and Gillespie is a skilled tactician—he once ran the Republican National Committee—but REDMAP seemed like a long shot in North Carolina. Barack Obama carried the state in 2008 and remained popular. The Republicans hadn’t controlled both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for more than a century. (“Not since General Sherman,” a state politico joked to me.) That day in Raleigh, though, Gillespie had lunch with an ideal ally: James Arthur (Art) Pope, the chairman and C.E.O. of Variety Wholesalers, a discount-store conglomerate. The Raleigh News and Observer had called Pope, a conservative multimillionaire, the Knight of the Right. The REDMAP project offered Pope a new way to spend his money.

    That fall, in the remote western corner of the state, John Snow, a retired Democratic judge who had represented the district in the State Senate for three terms, found himself subjected to one political attack after another. Snow, who often voted with the Republicans, was considered one of the most conservative Democrats in the General Assembly, and his record reflected the views of his constituents. His Republican opponent, Jim Davis—an orthodontist loosely allied with the Tea Party—had minimal political experience, and Snow, a former college football star, was expected to be reëlected easily. Yet somehow Davis seemed to have almost unlimited money with which to assail Snow.

    Snow recalls, “I voted to help build a pier with an aquarium on the coast, as did every other member of the North Carolina House and Senate who voted.” But a television attack ad presented the “luxury pier” as Snow’s wasteful scheme. “We’ve lost jobs,” an actress said in the ad. “John Snow’s solution for our economy? ‘Go fish!’ ” A mass mailing, decorated with a cartoon pig, denounced the pier as one of Snow’s “pork projects.” It criticized Snow for “wasting our tax dollars,” citing his vote to “spend $218,000 on a Shakespeare festival,” but failing to note that this sum represented a budget cut for the program, which had been funded by the legislature since 1999.

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    Oct 07, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    EVERY politician/legislator and law was "purchased".........
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    I read all 10 pages and it was very disturbing.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 07, 2011 10:49 AM GMT
    Welcome to 21st century America

    where corporations are people and people are having their right to vote restricted

    Where the Roberts supreme court opened the floodgates for influential money to be paid by whoever or whatever has it

    ................ and This is the result