Dispatches From The NC Political Scene

by A.P. Dillon | March 24th, 2016

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Dispatches From The NC Political Scene

By A.P. Dil­lon

Hello Da Tech Guy read­ers! It’s been sev­eral months since I left Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7 writ­ing team and I wanted to drop in with some polit­i­cal updates from North Carolina.

Redis­trict­ing Chaos

A law­suit threw North Carolina’s dis­tricts into chaos just prior to the March 15th pri­mary elec­tion. A court struck down the vot­ing dis­trict maps that had pre­vi­ously been ruled valid by the North Car­olina Supreme court.

This forced the leg­is­la­ture to redraw maps and threw dozens of races into chaos. It also made it nec­es­sary to push con­gres­sional race vot­ing to June and elim­i­nated run-​off elec­tions. In short, the fix was in by those draw­ing the map.

In par­tic­u­lar this affected a hotly con­tested race in the orig­i­nal Dis­trict 2 — where Rep. Renee Ellmers was being chal­lenged by three other Repub­li­cans. As it turns out, the redis­trict­ing puts her and Rep. George Hold­ing up against one another now. Dr. Greg Bran­non has also thrown his hat into that race.

An appeal was made to the Supreme Court, who refused to hear or stay the rul­ing and dif­fered to the lower court’s order. This turn of events is unprece­dented in United State his­tory. It has set a dan­ger­ous prece­dent, which basi­cally allows any court to hit a reset but­ton on any given elec­tion and dis­en­fran­chises vot­ers by basi­cally throw­ing their votes out.

Give Daniel Horowitz’s arti­cle at Con­ser­v­a­tive Review a read; he addresses North Car­olina specifically.

Bath­room Chaos

In Feb­ru­ary, the Char­lotte City Coun­cil passed an incred­i­bly dan­ger­ous and over­reach­ing pol­icy regard­ing pub­lic facil­i­ties like bath­rooms, lock­er­rooms and show­ers. The ordi­nance, as writ­ten, made it legal for any­one to use any facil­ity they wanted to in any loca­tion — includ­ing forc­ing pri­vate busi­nesses. The ordi­nance also, as writ­ten, banned sin­gle sex facil­i­ties entirely.

This ordi­nance opened up a can of worms for sex­ual preda­tors and pedophiles to now have full legal entry to places they did not have before. The ordi­nance also vio­lated the North Car­olina Con­sti­tu­tion as well as city licens­ing and polic­ing authority.

The Gen­eral Assem­bly did not sit on its hands. The Repub­li­can lead­er­ship, sup­ported by both the Gov­er­nor and Lt. Gov­er­nor, called for a spe­cial ses­sion which was held on March 23rd. At that ses­sion HB 2, the Pub­lic Facil­i­ties Pri­vacy & Secu­rity Act, sailed through both houses and the Gov­er­nor signed it that same day.

The House vote was mostly along party lines, how­ever ten Democ­rats voted in favor of the bill. It is inter­est­ing to note that in the North Car­olina Sen­ate, not a sin­gle Demo­c­rat voted. All of them either walked out or were ‘excused’. Clearly, they were not inter­ested in doing their job nor pro­tect­ing those they rep­re­sent in any way.

Go read my run-​down on this turn of events and see why pass­ing HB2 was so cru­cial. HB2 is par­tic­u­larly impor­tant from the stand­point of pro­tect­ing our schools. The U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion has been engag­ing in law­fare under Title IX to force schools and dis­tricts to allow any­one ‘self-​identifying’ as the oppo­site sex to use what­ever facil­i­ties they feel like at any given time.

NC GOP Lead­er­ship Chaos

Finally, there has been some very strange goings-​on in the NC GOP. I admit to not being as up on this bat­tle as I should be. The Daily Hay­maker has been cov­er­ing it in-​depth, how­ever, for those who want to read the saga.

Hasan Har­nett was over­whelm­ingly elected to lead the NC GOP by the grass­roots con­ser­v­a­tives last year. Har­nett was the first African-​American to hold the post to my knowledge.

Since tak­ing office, the estab­lish­ment pow­ers that be have done lit­tle to aid Har­nett and have, in fact, thrown up sub­stan­tial road­blocks to keep Har­nett from being successful.

The most recent shenani­gans involved shut­ting off Harnett’s offi­cial email account. Twice. Now the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee is is round­ing up the votes to oust Har­nett via a “A Res­o­lu­tion of No Con­fi­dence, Cen­sure and Restric­tion”. All of these appears to be orches­trated in part by Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Dal­las Wood­house and 9th Dis­trict Chair, Dee Steward.

And that’s all I have at the moment from North Car­olina for now. I promised to check in now and again going forward.

AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder of LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.

Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Civ­i­tas Insti­tute, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Heart​land​.org and Watch­dog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twit­ter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Hello Da Tech Guy readers! It’s been several months since I left Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7 writing team and I wanted to drop in with some political updates from North Carolina.

Redistricting Chaos

A lawsuit threw North Carolina’s districts into chaos just prior to the March 15th primary election. A court struck down the voting district maps that had previously been ruled valid by the North Carolina Supreme court.

This forced the legislature to redraw maps and threw dozens of races into chaos. It also made it necessary to push congressional race voting to June and eliminated run-off elections.  In short, the fix was in by those drawing the map.

In particular this affected a hotly contested race in the original District 2 — where Rep. Renee Ellmers was being challenged by three other Republicans.  As it turns out, the redistricting puts her and Rep. George Holding up against one another now.  Dr. Greg Brannon has also thrown his hat into that race.

An appeal was made to the Supreme Court, who refused to hear or stay the ruling and differed to the lower court’s order. This turn of events is unprecedented in United State history. It has set a dangerous precedent, which basically allows any court to hit a reset button on any given election and disenfranchises voters by basically throwing their votes out.

Give Daniel Horowitz’s article at Conservative Review a read; he addresses North Carolina specifically.

Bathroom Chaos

In February, the Charlotte City Council passed an incredibly dangerous and overreaching policy regarding public facilities like bathrooms, lockerrooms and showers.  The ordinance, as written, made it legal for anyone to use any facility they wanted to in any location — including forcing private businesses. The ordinance also, as written, banned single sex facilities entirely.

This ordinance opened up a can of worms for sexual predators and pedophiles to now have full legal entry to places they did not have before. The ordinance also violated the North Carolina Constitution as well as city  licensing and policing authority.

The General Assembly did not sit on its hands. The Republican leadership, supported by both the Governor and Lt. Governor, called for a special session which was held on March 23rd.  At that session HB 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, sailed through both houses and the Governor signed it that same day.

The House vote was mostly along party lines, however ten Democrats voted in favor of the bill. It is interesting to note that in the North Carolina Senate, not a single Democrat voted. All of them either walked out or were ‘excused’. Clearly, they were not interested in doing their job nor protecting those they represent in any way.

Go read my run-down on this turn of events and see why passing HB2 was so crucial. HB2 is particularly important from the standpoint of protecting our schools.  The U.S. Department of Education has been engaging in lawfare under Title IX to force schools and districts to allow anyone ‘self-identifying’ as the opposite sex to use whatever facilities they feel like at any given time.

NC GOP Leadership Chaos

Finally, there has been some very strange goings-on in the NC GOP.  I admit to not being as up on this battle as I should be. The Daily Haymaker has been covering it in-depth, however, for those who want to read the saga.

Hasan Harnett was overwhelmingly elected to lead the NC GOP by the grassroots conservatives last year. Harnett was the first African-American to hold the post to my knowledge.

Since taking office, the establishment powers that be have done little to aid Harnett and have, in fact, thrown up substantial roadblocks to keep Harnett from being successful.

The most recent shenanigans involved shutting off Harnett’s official email account. Twice.  Now the Central Committee is is rounding up the votes to oust Harnett via a “A Resolution of No Confidence, Censure and Restriction”.  All of these appears to be orchestrated in part by Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and 9th District Chair, Dee Steward.

And that’s all I have at the moment from North Carolina for now. I promised to check in now and again going forward.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.

Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, Civitas Institute, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

 

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