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Three NC County Commissioners leave the GOP

Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel have left the Republican Party citing three areas where they believe the current Republican Party has failed to to uphold conservative values:

Why the legislature won't kill the education lottery

Back in the day, conservative leaders rightly took Democrats to task when they pushed through the NC Education Lottery. Ignoring progressive voices, the lottery became a major, if unreliable, source for funding public schools. It's been a blight on North Carolina ever since. Four years ago, I wondered out loud what Republicans if Republicans would kill the lottery given their control of the General Assembly.

Open Letter to sponsors of HB147

Recently, three GOP assemblymen have concocted HB147, which proposes--among other things--a constitutional amendment that would give voters a chance to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. Article I, Section 4 prohibits NC from seceding from the USA. The assemblymen are Michael Speciale of New Bern, George Cleveland of Jacksonville, and Larry Pittman of Concord.

This is an open letter to these assemblymen, raising questions about HB147.

Dear Assemblymen Speciale, Cleveland, and Pittman:

The GOP's passion for unconstitutional laws

A good find from Watauga Watch.

Struck down, all or in part

2011 law requiring physicians to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and describe the images
2011 law capping enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program
2011 state House and Senate district maps
2011 move to cut off funding for a Planned Parenthood affiliate
2012 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which voters approved
2013 attempt to phase out teacher tenure for public school teachers already vested in the program
2013 Wake County school board redistricting plan
2013 elections law overhaul including requiring voter ID and reducing early voting
2014 creation of a Coal Ash Management Commission and other panels
2015 Wake County commissioners redistricting plan
2015 law to establish retention elections for sitting N.C. Supreme Court justices

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