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Yes and their obsession on the abortion issue is front and center in this state too

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Last week, just hours before the North Carolina Legislature recessed for a long holiday
weekend, state Republicans inserted sweeping abortion restrictions into an “anti-Shariah Law” bill. The underhanded tactic was criticized by Democrats and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who denounced the sneaky move and threatened to veto the bill unless significant changes were made.

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers did it again, this time injecting language to severely
restrict abortion into a completely unrelated measure — a motorcycle safety law — without
public notice.

 
 Hours after Gov. Pat McCrory issued a veto threat for a controversial abortion bill, House
 Republicans — acting without public notice — took a bill about motorcycle safety and inserted
 abortion language.
 
 The new bill — S353 — represents tweaks to the version that passed the Senate last week but
 still includes some of that version’s contentious language. It calls for a physician to be
 present when the first drug in a chemical abortion is administered, as opposed to all drugs,
 as the version that passed the Senate last week would mandate.

 Another major change from the Senate version: Abortion clinics would not be required to
 meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. But the state Department of Health
 and Human Services would be authorized to apply those standards as it sees “applicable.”
 The bill also includes a state study to determine what resources are necessary for the state
 health agency to adequately enforce the new regulations, and would pay for more inspectors
 

 


http://www.salon.com/2013....ty_bill

so obviously Republicans, at least in North Carolina, are trying hard to hide their
intentions hoping no one notices.

Here is another link on the first bill which was the one where anti-abortion amendments were
added to the “anti-Shariah Law” bill(you know, since there has been an epidemic of shariah
law being passed in North Carolina and throughout our country. Shariah law must be stopped)

http://www.wral.com/senate-....2621503


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More on how NC is going hard right(not so much the population of NC as the state legislature)


In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both
the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then,
state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public
education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.

The cruelest decision by lawmakers went into effect last week: ending federal unemployment
benefits for 70,000 residents. Another 100,000 will lose their checks in a few months. Those
still receiving benefits will find that they have been cut by a third, to a maximum of $350
weekly from $535, and the length of time they can receive benefits has been slashed from 26
weeks to as few as 12 weeks.

The state has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and many Republicans
insulted workers by blaming their joblessness on generous benefits. In fact, though, North
Carolina is the only state that has lost long-term federal benefits, because it did not want
to pay back $2.5 billion it owed to Washington for the program. The State Chamber of
Commerce argued that cutting weekly benefits would be better than forcing businesses to pay
more in taxes to pay off the debt, and lawmakers blindly went along, dropping out of the
federal program.

At the same time, the state is also making it harder for future generations of workers to get
jobs, cutting back sharply on spending for public schools. Though North Carolina has been
growing rapidly, it is spending less on schools now than it did in 2007, ranking 46th in the
nation in per-capita education dollars. Teacher pay is falling, 10,000 prekindergarten slots
are scheduled to be removed, and even services to disabled children are being chopped.

We are losing ground,” Superintendent June Atkinson said recently, warning of a teacher
exodus after lawmakers proposed ending extra pay for teachers with master’s degrees, cutting
teacher assistants and removing limits on class sizes.

Republicans repealed the Racial Justice Act, a 2009 law that was the first in the country to
give death-row inmates a chance to prove they were victims of discrimination. They have
refused to expand Medicaid and want to cut income taxes for the rich while raising sales
taxes on everyone else. The Senate passed a bill that would close most of the state’s
abortion clinics.

And, naturally, the Legislature is rushing to impose voter ID requirements and cut back on
early voting and Sunday voting, which have been popular among Democratic voters. One
particularly transparent move would end a tax deduction for dependents if students vote at
college instead of their hometowns, a blatant effort to reduce Democratic voting strength in
college towns like Chapel Hill and Durham.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013....ml?_r=0

So what does "early voting and Sunday voting" have to do with voter fraud? Nothing but
it has everything to do with trying to cut down on as many potential Democratic voters
as possible(blacks tend to vote in high #'s on Sunday as well as early voting being used
by Democratic voters more and more) just like voter ID laws are intended to do.


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The wheel will turn yet again. The GOP is steadily preparing the way - though I don't hold out much hope for some areas - like Texas. People are just too backward, and their memories are just too short.
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ya Texas.

There has been a lot of talk about how Texas will soon be a blue state.

I don't see it. Not with all the redistricting and so on.  Maybe in two decades or so if
things go well but not any time soon

I was pleased to here Sarah Slamen speaking truth to power in texas and I thought her remark
Thank you! For finally working against women so publicly, and not in the shadows like
you’re used to.
was especially on the mark but of course when you speak truth to
power(especially when the power are today's right-wing Republicans) be prepared for them to
suppress what you have to say which is exactly what happened to Sarah Slamen(by physical
force).

http://thinkprogress.org/health....stimony

Although Sarah has had it with your state and is moving to New York.


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and they wonder why they cant get anyone to vote for them....other than the bible thumping gun hoarders.

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Although Sarah has had it with your state and is moving to New York.

I think she's going to be very disappointed when she finds out the NYS legislature isn't any better.

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not any better than the Texas legislature? You serious?


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Most certainly. I'll bet that the other NY'ers on this forum will agree. We're almost as dysfunctional as Wisconsin.

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The republicans say they need to reach out to those groups that have been voting for the democrats.   Then the republicans at both state and national levels attack women's right to chose, Hispanics by their version of what should be in an immigration bill, the poor by deleting the nutrition section from the farm bill, make changes to voting that would make it harder for students, blacks and poor from voting.

I use to have respect for the republicans and their economic programs but no more.  They certainly do not represent the republican party of my youth.


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Most certainly. I'll bet that the other NY'ers on this forum will agree. We're almost as dysfunctional as Wisconsin.


Well Sarah Slamen is clearly left leaning(and her statement regarding moving to NY I think was
more a reflection of how far the Texas legislature is from her own politics) so the issue is
less about how dysfunctional the NY legislature is in comparison to the Texas legislature but
where the NY legislature is ideologically in comparison to the Texas legislature and on that
note you're not going to say the NY legislature is as far to the right as the Texas
legislature are you?


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Most certainly. I'll bet that the other NY'ers on this forum will agree. We're almost as dysfunctional as Wisconsin.


Well Sarah Slamen is clearly left leaning(and her statement regarding moving to NY I think was
more a reflection of how far the Texas legislature is from her own politics) so the issue is
less about how dysfunctional the NY legislature is in comparison to the Texas legislature but
where the NY legislature is ideologically in comparison to the Texas legislature and on that
note you're not going to saying the NY legislature is as far to the right as the Texas
legislature are you?

Heck no. And with so many NYS legislators being thrown in jail, there might be a vacancy for her to fill.

http://www.npr.org/blogs....-states


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North Carolina is proving itself to be the poster child for all that is wrong with modern American democracy
and—with thanks to Moral Mondays—also highlighting all that may someday save it.

Once a temperate and tolerant beacon of the South, the state is poised to enact a rash of inexpressibly awful
legislation, rushed through a Republican legislature. Because the GOP has veto-proof super-majorities in the
state House and Senate and a Republican governor—for the first time since Reconstruction—the party has been on
a spree. Republican-controlled redistricting was fantastically effective. So much so that in the 2012 elections,
nearly 51 percent of North Carolina voters picked a Democrat for the U.S. House, yet Republicans won nine of
the state’s 13 House seats, as Chris Kromm and Sue Sturgis recently pointed out.

Some of the gems advanced recently in the legislature include an abortion bill tacked first onto an anti-Sharia
law and then snuck in through a motorcycle safety law (new TRAP regulations may shutter all but one clinic in
the state). Another bill forces all educators to teach seventh graders that abortion causes preterm birth (it
doesn’t). Lawmakers also enacted legislation (described here and elsewhere as “the harshest unemployment
insurance program cuts in our nation's history”) that resulted in 70,000 North Carolina citizens losing their
unemployment benefits. The state is one of the 15 to have refused Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. A proposed
education bill would slash teacher compensation, (already ranked among the lowest in the nation), eliminate
tenure, and use vouchers to reallocate $90 million of public-school funding to private schools (The school
superintendent issued a statement this week saying that in light of the proposed deep cuts to the education
budget “For the first time in my career of more than 30 years in public education, I am truly worried about
students in our care.”) Don’t forget the embarrassing proposed resolution allowing counties and cities to
enshrine a state religion. Or the proposed ban on nipples.

But none of this is a joke. For reasons that Kromm and Sturgis lay out at length, it’s a well-funded, Koch-endorsed
Christmas rush to get everything done right now.

How does the state legislature control an electorate that by all accounts really hates the state’s new legislative
initiatives? Simple. Drown them out—by diluting minority/Democratic votes through redistricting, or suppressing
the vote.

Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 40 counties in North Carolina had to go to the federal government for
pre-approval of any change to local election law. When the Supreme Court locked up Section 5 last month, by a vote
of 5–4, it gave a great gift to the disenfranchisement community. States no longer need to check their crazy with
federal courts or the Justice Department. The obligation to prove that you aren’t harming minority voters (or
expressly targeting them) has gone. Texas and Mississippi charged ahead with their own controversial voter ID
laws within hours of the Supreme Court ruling. Alabama and Mississippi have either passed or are working on similar
ones. And Tuesday, North Carolina took the first step to expanding its Voter ID bill to better disenfranchise a few
more voters who might have leaned left, including students, African-Americans, and women.


http://www.slate.com/article....ry.html


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Looks like we may have another example from you guessed it, NC again

'Topless bill busts out of committee'

http://www.wral.com/topless-bill-busts-out-of-committee/12102043/

"NC lawmaker: Women should ‘duct tape’ nipples to stay out of jail"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs....of-jail


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Yeah, cause nipples are so about porn and sex.  Maybe men will need to duct tape their nipples as well, since there is no use for them anyway.

I cannot believe there are people dumb enough to waste time on such tripe.  That those same people get elected to any office is beyond my comprehension.  When we finally tire of making laws about trivial matters, and things already settled by the courts, then maybe we can get somewhere in solving out nations woes. I am not holding my breath.


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This is from the Republican leaning(the only democratic they have endorsed since 1964 is
the 2012 election for Obama) Winston-Salem Jounral of North Carolina


Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative Republicans began the 2013 session with talk of a voter-identification law
that would solve a voter-fraud problem that doesn’t exist.

And any pretense of sincerity about the integrity of elections died last week when lawmakers passed a bill
that rigs the voting system in their favor.

The State Board of Elections found only one case of voter fraud in 2012, and no history of such lawbreaking
in recent years. There has been, however, increased voter turnout recently made possible by a number of
recent voting reforms

Those reforms made it easier for people to both register to vote and then to cast their ballots. Republicans
didn’t always like the results of the better turnout. They chose last week to turn back the clock and try to
suppress as many poor, elderly, college-aged and minori-ty voters as possible.

There is no reason that the legislation’s voter-identification system must be restricted to just a handful
of credentials. But the law does just that, refusing to recognize, for exam-ple, student-identification
cards from state universities and community colleges and those issued by cities and towns.

For seniors born in a different era, when home births were common and birth certificates were not, just
getting one of those identification cards may not be possible. People who have voted regularly for a lifetime
will now be denied their basic right to do so

There is also no good argument for reducing early voting by one week. It has proven to be very popular with
all voting groups. Nor is there any reason to make it more difficult for college students to vote or for those
under 18 to register to vote in anticipation of the day when they will be eligible.


http://www.journalnow.com/opinion....78.html


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