Having written for years about Art Pope's electioneering, I'm sorry to report that I was right all along. At this point, there's really nothing else to say besides, "You've earned a special place in hell, Mr. Pope."
From the Governor’s mansion, to the General Assembly to the courts to the university system to the regulatory agencies to the increasingly conservative mainstream news media, Pope lackeys and apologists now run the show in our state (or soon will). Like some long-bullied kid in a horror movie who quietly and ruthlessly engineers the demise of his tormentors, Pope has suddenly emerged as the unchallenged kingpin of the Tar Heel state.
And, barring a miracle, North Carolinians (and the public structures and systems that once set them apart from the rest of the old confederacy) are about to experience the full effects of his backward-looking agenda.
Progressives who want to resist this agenda have their work cut out for them.