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.
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.
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.
A.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