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Glimmers of hope

Many people I know are despondent over the shitshow going on in Raleigh, myself included. It's hard to understand how grown adults can behave with such callous disregard for our institutions, and indeed for government itself. But the problem is not complex. ALL of the legislative challenges we're facing can be traced back to aggressive and unconstitutional gerrymandering. All of them.

Gerrymandering update

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The three-judge federal Middle District panel in Covington certainly appears to be moving North Carolina’s redistricting process forward quickly, potentially with legislative elections in 2017. However, the panel must also address SCOTUS’s instructions to re-weigh the balance of equities as to whether 2017special legislative elections are appropriate.

The Tillis Toxicity

If this blog post sounds like an episode of Big Bang Theory, it should. BBT specializes in the ridiculous, featuring a hilarious mix of incompetence, dysfunction, and out-sized egos. One show was called The Anxiety Optimization, which could have been a commentary on the state of our nation.

But back to Tillis.

Thom Tillis and Hurricane Matthew

Back in January, Thom Tillis joined Roy Cooper in announcing that North Carolina would receive $198 million to help North Carolina recover from Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, what North Carolina really needed was another $900 million. Which is why Tillis and Cooper teamed up again to ask President Trump for more help.

To the North Carolina Republicans who voted to repeal the ACA

May you drop dead and rot in hell for eternity.

And in the meantime, here's a Facebook post from a friend.

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As I'm sure you all know, the House of Representatives is voting on a healthcare bill today. The particulars of the bill don't matter right now, for two reasons:

1. It may not pass, and if it does it will be close.
2. Even if it or a successor bill passes, it will then go to the Senate. Whatever comes out of that chamber will look very different, and we have no way of knowing what it might look like.

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