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

 

 

State Senator Jen Flanagan (D) and State Rep Kim Ferguson (R) spoke at the twin City Tea Party tonight at the Border Bar and Grille to talk about Redistricting.

They spoke mainly about the process and spoke a lot about the Federal requirements concerning majority minority districts.

They answered a fair amount of questions and I have plenty of video that I will update with as soon as they are uploaded.


Continue reading “State Senator Jen Flanagan and Rep Kim Ferguson at the Twin City Tea Party 11-28-11”

Today in the middle of a titanic struggle with a piece that just didn’t seem to be going places I took the time to enjoy Jay Nordlinger’s wonderful Impromptus and I noticed this bit.

I meant to write something more than a month ago: Rejoice over Cynthia Tucker, and say a little prayer of gratitude for what she did. She is an acclaimed columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — liberal, of course. And what she did was very hard. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things to do: She changed her mind about an important issue, and said so. What’s more, the issue has to do with race. What’s more, the columnist is black.

He goes on about how we should rejoice about both her column and her reversal on racial gerrymandering.

The political landscape has been transformed since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 and amended 17 years later. The election of a black president shows that American voters are willing to look beyond a candidate’s skin color. It’s time to give up racial gerrymandering, which turned out not to be quite so benign.

How big of her, how delightful, Nordlinger rejoices saying we should welcome Tucker “coming over to our side” her late conversion not withstanding on race. He also credits her with bravery for it.

Do you think this column was easy to write? I’m sure you don’t.

You know I’m often accused (rightly) of looking at the world with rose-colored glasses and being a sucker; but this time I hate to say Jay, it is you who are being the sucker and it is my duty to bring you to reality.

I think that column was incredibly easy for Cynthia Tucker to write. I think it has nothing to do with mea culpas or soul-searching and everything to do with stopping the tide of conservatism that the liberal media has been unable to check.

Take a closer look at the column, note what her actual argument is, you will find it is less Martin Amis than Al Sharpton:

Hemming most black voters into a few districts also had a deleterious effect on surrounding areas, now “bleached” of voters whose interests tend toward equality of opportunity.

Ah so they are “Hemming most black voters” and “bleaching” voters. Never mind that all we are talking about is drawing invisible district lines, the imagery is of slave pens and segregation of black voters displaced as if they were packed up and forced to move.

Believe it or not it actually gets worse (emphasis mine):

Their absence encourages pols in districts left overwhelmingly white to use the “Southern strategy” of playing to the resentments of white voters still uncomfortable with decades of social change.

So now it’s all about White voters “uncomfortable with social change”. What change would that be? The end of Jim crow? The End of Slavery perhaps? It would seem to me that Ms. Tucker is saying to liberals something like: The GOP is playing to a bunch of crackers who are still angry about drinking from the same water fountain as a black man.. Anyone who doubts that our liberal friends (particularly ones of color) are not getting that message from that sentence has never read the comment pages of liberal sites where such belief is Gospel.

It seems to be she hasn’t thrown away the race card, she just switched from Whist to Bridge because her trump isn’t taking the hand anymore. Tucker Again:

If black voters think they have made substantial gains simply by having more black representatives in Congress, they’re wrong. They’d have more influence if they were spread through several legislative districts, forcing more candidates to court them.

That’s true, but it is equally true that if Blacks were voting even 60-40 democratic there would be a whole lot less incentive for the GOP to gerrymander their districts in this fashion. The truth is if every Black voter in Georgia woke up white tomorrow the districts would still be drawn the same way because it’s not a question of pigmentation it’s a question of voting patterns. Uniform Black voting patterns simply make it easier to identify the Democratic voters to gerrymander.

Indeed if Black voters want to increase their influence perhaps they should reconsider voting 90-10 for a party that in 40 years decimated the black family in the name of compassion, emasculated public schools (how’s that system in Atlanta working out) and ignored their positions on social issues like gay marriage.

I don’t know what Jay was reading but I think that column is self-serving. It has nothing to do about ending racial divisions, it’s about bringing liberals back from the brink that the voters sent them. Note that she constantly quotes South Carolina Democratic party Chairman Richard Harpootlian on the evils of majority minority districts. The real evil Harpootlian sees is the election of Republicans. I suspect a more honest take on his position might read like this:

My paramount object is to restore democrats to power in congress and is not for or against majority-minority districts.

If I can elect democrats by keeping majority-minority districts I would do it, If I can elect democrats to congress by abolishing majority-minority districts I would do it, and if I can elect democrats to congress by eliminating majority-minority districts in some places while keeping them in others I would do that too.

If Jay thinks that any other goal is driving Ms. Tucker on this issue, he is sadly mistaken.

This is going to be fun:

Brown, a Republican, sent a letter to the chairs of the Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting offering his support for a Suffolk County district that is majority nonwhite, known as a majority-minority district.

“It is my hope that any redistricting for congressional or state legislative seats will result in districts that avoid diluting the voting strength of citizens based on the color of their skin,’’ he wrote to state Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Representative Mike Moran, both Democrats.

As you can guess among some circles this is VERY popular:

Several political groups have been pushing a majority-minority seat, including the Massachusetts Black Empowerment Coalition for Redistricting.

“I want to add my voice to theirs,’’ Brown said in the letter.

The group’s executive director, Kevin C. Peterson, said he welcomed Brown’s support.

“My hope is that this is a post-partisan attempt to join Democrats in a process that is about equity and fairness for historically disenfranchised voting groups,’’ he said.

Well it is, but it also means that if they are juggling districts in such a manner the following will happen:

1. There will be two current democratic incumbents who are toast not just one.

2. The Democratic party had to go all out to make sure they won state offices, although they had an easier time that expected with gas prices soaring and the economy in shambles it will be an even harder time for them.

3. It is already going to be complicated enough to keep diluting the increasingly more conservative Worcester county while keeping the GOP down elsewhere. This will make it even more complicated.

Live by racial politics, die by racial politics.

A few weeks ago a column by Bonnie Erbe to nobody’s surprise who is paying attention (PBS on their online site actually refers to her as “non-partisan” which says more about PBS than it does about her) noted church closing in the East and painted it as a result of the old church orthodoxy:

Dogmatic, dictatorial churches do not resound with today’s spirituality, and young people are not clamoring to join them. So sending a message that says, in essence, “Follow my rules or go to hell” might be a good way of retaining older parishioners used to such harsh boundaries. But as elderly parishioners die off, they take the church’s message with them.

I live in a city where 4 Catholic churches recently closed and it is a shame to see churches close in NY and other urban areas, yet lets look at Dave Weigel’s column today about redistricting which links to this rather good 8 decade chart at the NY Times and what do we see? We see a flight of people not from the church but in general from particular states.

More and more of the faithful youth are fleeing high tax liberal states and settling elsewhere as Michael Barone writes:

Texas’ diversified economy, business-friendly regulations and low taxes have attracted not only immigrants but substantial inflow from the other 49 states. As a result, the 2010 reapportionment gives Texas four additional House seats. In contrast, California gets no new House seats, for the first time since it was admitted to the Union in 1850.

There’s a similar lesson in the fact that Florida gains two seats in the reapportionment and New York loses two.

This leads to a second point, which is that growth tends to be stronger where taxes are lower. Seven of the nine states that do not levy an income tax grew faster than the national average. The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions, the Midwest and New England.

I suspect that if you want to see where the church is growing and thriving just follow that electoral population.

My oldest son is a solid Catholic who is going to college on a full academic scholarship. As soon as he graduates he plans on getting out of this state and I can’t say as I blame him.

So Bonnie rather than your argument concerning the empty churches I would refer you to Stacy McCain’s explaining the demographic facts of life and Ed Driscoll who says this:

And it seems rather difficult to build an emerging Democratic majority when two of the most prominent “liberal” cities in America (very much in name only, given the mammoth regulatory mazes and bureaucratic armies these cities come equipped with) have such poor future demographics. Or as Mark Steyn, who inspired our headline above with this classic 2006 article, wrote about Europe’s similar (and not at all coincidental) demographic woes, “what’s the point of creating a secular utopia if it’s only for one generation?”

As even Illinois, which is among the democratic states losing a congressional seat, is learning you can’t vote the dead if you oppose them being born.