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Monday, October 24, 2016

Conservative Groups Responsible For Writing North Carolina’s Restrictive Laws

Conservative Groups Responsible For Writing North Carolina’s Restrictive Laws

When North Carolina voters elected Pat McCrory as their governor in 2012, it was the first time in 28 years that North Carolinians had elected a Republican governor, and the first time in 100 years that Republicans controlled the governor’s office and the state legislature in the Tar Heel state. Since the gubernatorial election, the conservative North Carolina legislature has had the opportunity to propose and pass some extreme and restrictive pieces of legislation — and they did just that, with the help of certain special interest groups.

According to a report in The Charlotte Observer, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has had just as much say in the state’s policies as any elected official.

ALEC is a self-described “nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty” that began as President Reagan took office in 1981. The Charlotte Observer reports that ALEC had proposed 466 bills modeled on the organization’s conservative vision for states throughout the country.

“Republican lawmakers passed 338 laws this year that will touch every North Carolinian’s pocketbook, every student’s classroom and every voter’s experience at the polls, writes The Observer. “Their sweeping changes have drawn praise from conservatives, scorn from Democrats and punch lines on Comedy Central.”

“At one point, Raleigh’s News & Observer counted at least two dozen bills that matched ALEC priorities,” the article goes on to say. “They included voter ID, publicly financed vouchers for private schools, and prioritizing energy exploration.”

Two North Carolina lawmakers sit on ALEC’s board of directors: Former House Speaker Harold Brubaker (R), and current House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) (who is also squaring off against incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) for her senate seat in 2014.) Tillis won ALEC’s “Legislator of the Year” award in 2011.

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  • So we don’t have a Republican Party any more but now have an ALEC party that voters by and large do not know about. Talk about corruption. Voters should be made aware of the new party.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Here is a historical reminder, AGAIN, folks. 100 years ago, the Republican party was not the party of today. Yes, the Northern monied interests did find the Republicans were closer to their liking than the Democrats, but you also had a strong Progressive/Reform movement also from the Northern Republicans. On the other hand, the Democratic Party, especially in the South, was still the same old pro-slavery party it was before the Civil War. Once Reconstruction ran its course, the Democrats took back over again, with all of their Jim Crow laws. After Lyndon Johnson managed to get the Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation passed despite opposition of his own party, Nixon managed to persuade the Southern Democrats to join the Republican Party, which they did. So pointing out that this is the first complete Republican Control of the state in over 100 years really doesn’t mean crap, especially when those Republicans would have been Democrats only one generation ago.

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    How uncomfortable the puppet McCrory must be with so many puppetmaster’s hands up his butt controlling his words, thoughts and actions. There is ALEC (controlled by the Koch Brothers) The Civitas Institute, John Locke Foundation controlled by his budget director Art Pope. Did North Carolina know they were electing the Koch Brothers and Pope as their Governor?

  • midway54

    Of course, behind Alec are the usual suspects: The Koch boys and their servant kochroaches.

  • idamag

    What they really want is a one-party system. These tactics are not new. They succeeded in another country.

  • doninsd

    So basically the Rs elected this cycle didn’t have any original ideas, so they needed someone to tell them what to do? And I thought low information voters were bad.

  • Lorenzo R

    Benito Mussolini thought Fascism should more accurately be called Corporatism because the original and only definition of Fascism is: a marriage of business and the state. With Mr Pope appointed to budget director of North Carolina, this fills the bill. ALEC and Republicans in the various states are here to prove that it does not matter if one studies history, one must repeat it anyway. (What are the aristocrats and nationalists going to do, something different? Not.) The goal this time is nothing less than purchasing a Libertarian superpower country, state by state. So this is why they wanted all the money. Like the hunter out looking for a velociraptor in Jurassic Park said just before he was eaten, “Clever girl.” Clever ALEC.

    • MacK

      That is not really an accurate definition of corporatism. What corporatism means was that certain constituencies had dedicated representatives, thus business got so many representatives in a ruling council, labor so many, the church so many, military so many, academia so many, etc. it was actually a structure copied in a number of European countries – one example being in the Irish 1937 constitution’s electoral structure for the senate.