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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

5 Things You Should Know About The Guy Behind North Carolina’s Conservative Takeover

How did one of the more progressive states in the South turn into a laughingstock in just months?

More than anyone, Art Pope deserves credit.

After President Obama won the state in 2008, “Pope, his family, his company, and the network of outside political groups he’s affiliated with — Americans for Prosperity, Civitas Action, and Real Jobs NC — spent a total of over $2.2 million in the 2010 election cycle to elect Republican state lawmakers,” according to Facing South. As a result, Republicans won state houses in North Carolina for the first time in more than a century.

Two years later, Pope and his interests spent another $2 million, helping Pat McCrory become governor. In one of his first moves as governor, McCrory named Pope his budget director.

Since then, Republicans have been on a rampage, waging a war on the state’s voting rights, education system, women’s health and the unemployed. Along the way the governor has broken campaign promises and the legislature sneaked anti-choice legislation into bills on Sharia law and motorcycle safety before they danced a little jig and adjourned for the summer.

This overreach has resulted in disapproval from voters and sparked the Moral Mondays movement, resulting in hundreds of protesters being arrested.

But Art Pope is getting exactly what he bargained for — his radical agenda being enacted without delay.

Here are five things you need to know about Art Pope

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  • Dominick Vila

    North Carolina is not the only progressive Southern state where conservatives dominate the political agenda. The same is true in Florida where Republican governors are elected time and again, and where Republicans control 2/3 of the legislative branch. In addition to huge infusions of money used to distort the record of Democrats running for office, Republican incumbents have a tendency to change their tune and behavior when they are due for re-election. That is the case with Gov Rick Scott, who after doing everything he could to destroy our education system and letting our infrastructure decay, he is suddenly becoming a champion of the things he demonized a year or so ago.
    The worst part is that a large segment of the population in these states take the bait, re-elect them, and the status quo prevails.

    • Barbara Morgan

      Hopefully the people in Tennessee have realized their mistake about electing a corporate loving Republican governor, Bill Haslam and Republicans legislature rs and will vote everyone of them out of office next year. I am doing what I can to see that it happens, and so are plenty of others.
      Every bill passed by and signed into law by the Republican governor and lawmakers have made things harder on the working class, easier on the corporations and rich and have got the NRA every law it wants passed . They have been doing their best to turn the two largest counties (Davidson and Shelby) into charter school heaven for out of state corporations even when the Charter schools show their intention is to re segregate schools by letting the Charter school get away with building their schools where minority and poor children couldn’t get to them unless they have a car matter what the voters have said about it or protested against when it comes to laws and charter schools.

    • Justin Napolitano

      I have said it many time; Rick Scott should be in a Federal Prison and not in the Governor’s house in Tallahassee. His company ripped of Medicare for 1.8 billion dollars and he was not charged. Why, I will never know.

  • bigsurmac

    THE HUGE ERROR in this report comes with saying “THE REPUBLICAN PARTY” gained control of all North Carolina Government.
    The political machine claiming to be the N.C. G.O.P. is in fact the old time, racist DixieCrat (Solid South) clique which bought their way into the Southern G.O.P. in 1964-1966 rebelling against the National Democratic Party’s support for and passage of the First Civil Rights Act [Signed by LBJ in 1964] and the First Voting Rights Act [Signed by LBJ in 1965]
    The White Supremicist DixieCrats bought their way into the small state Republican Parties and quickly seized control by majority rule with their huge numbers.

    These are the lying, thieving, racist and totally corrupt politicians who now control North Carolina’s government.

    Their primary goal is to block voting by the young, the poor, the voters of color, reducing voter ranks and voting opportunity in support of their racist, fill millionaires’ pockets agenda.
    The irony — the POPE FAMILY FORTUNE is founded upon “dollar stores” selling inferior and outdated products to poor minority families. Art Pope inherited his wealth, he did not earn it.

    • TheSkalawag929

      Sounds like more of the masses financing their own demise.
      Until the masses realize that they are the ones that create the wealth of the rich with their buying and spending habits they will continue to be downtrodden.
      Sometimes change is accomplished more readily through the cash register than the ballot box.

      • Allan Richardson

        It’s hard to do it that way also. The working poor buy their NECESSITIES at those discount “stores” because they have no choice. The owners of big chains control business licensing so that no viable competitor (such as Costco) can open in locations convenient to their captive “customer” base.

        • TheSkalawag929

          Maybe an answer might be not to target a whole chain but a particular store for a limited time to get people’s attention.
          In nature it’s one small piece at a time.
          Patience and persistence.

        • Reminds me of those mining towns where the miners were paid in scrip and could only buy overpriced items in the mining town’s store, essentially making them serfs.

    • CrankyToo

      Great post! And righteously indignant. The Repugnicans who’ve hijacked the great state of North Carolina are vile scum!

      • clarenceswinney

        I believe, sincerely, it was vote machine programming.
        I voted a straight D. I Asked for a Review. All were R.

    • clarenceswinney

      I voted straight D–I asked for a Review–All were R?????

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Pat McCrory was bought and paid for by Pope. They have a name for that profession, and for the purchaser.

  • Get these republicans out of office in 2014. Otherwise, we will end up back in the 1800s when robber barrens and mining towns owned the working man!

  • tdm3624

    Curious to see how the voters of NC will vote next election. They did vote for the folks in power now. Will they have voters regret I wonder.

  • clarenceswinney

    Try auditing the voting computers.
    President of Diebold, vote counting machines in Ohio,was overheard telling Bush He guaranteed him Ohio. Bush won by 16 points in Ohio. Problem! A major Ohio newspaper had always been accurate in it’s Exit polls. They had Kerry by 16 points.
    I voted a Straight Democratic ticket. When I asked to Review all were Republican
    Republicans won all of state government in NC for first time in almost 200 years..
    Computers can be programed to do many things. Easily Was mine programmed for R?…