Art Pope

Did a GOP pollster and right-wing lobbying group add a new course in NC’s public schools?

Salon is out with a report this morning concerning a 2019 memo from Republican strategist Frank Luntz, The memo, called “The War on the Successful” was obtained by Salon and is coming to light now because of ProPublica’s recent reporting on the fact that the 25 wealthiest Americans paid little or no taxes from 2014 to 2018.

Is Art Pope Behind #ReOpenNC?

Earlier in the week, we saw a ragtag group of shrill evangelicals, right-wing “Don’t Tread on Me” freedom mongers, and air-headed anti-vaxxers and multi-level quack health promoters create a stir on Facebook and lobby the NC legislature to “reopen” NC for business in the middle of a pandemic - a call for reopening that is coming at a time when the US has been hitting new records for daily deaths from the crisis - 4,591 people died Thursday, bringing the US total to more than 33,000 killed by the pandemic.

As the week unfolded, it became clear that #ReOpenNC wasn’t some local grassroots effort - similar right-wing groups in Alabama and Texas, for example, and Fox News pundits rallied a drumbeat for “getting back to business, with President Trump announced a “plan”, if you can call it that, for “reopening America” on Thursday.

Buried in an NBC News story about the protest in Michigan, was a clue on what might actually be going on here.

ReOpen protestors at Michigan state capital

Whatever happened to Art Pope?

I started covering Art Pope 12 years ago, when he decided North Carolina couldn’t survive without his guiding hand. At the time, Mr. Pope was just beginning his quest to take over our state, after having earlier lost his election bid for lieutenant governor. Unable to convince voters to elect him, he set out to buy the influence he couldn’t earn. And he did just that.

Docs reveal dark money plot to consolidate conservative power in NC

Reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Center for Media and Democracy have been analyzing 30 gigabytes of documents hacked from the Koch network and the Bradley Foundation, showing their plans for consolidating conservative power in five states - Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Raw Story has a summary and links to the articles and other background. And, yes, Art Pope's involved. Read on ...

Art Pope in the news again. BlueNC, too.

Art Pope is in the news again, this time telling lies about me, BlueNC, and alleged threats he received. It all goes back to several years ago, when I mused that some people could get so frustrated with politics that they might resort to violence. Pope, who has friends in high places, took those musings personally and asked the Wake County District Attorney's office to check me out. The matter was dropped in minutes, as a complaint without merit.

The Puppetmaster has arrived

Now that Art Pope has made the New York Times Magazine, we can all say "I knew him way back when he just another retail slumlord dedicated to preserving his low-income customer base." Be sure to read the article, in which Pope is featured as one of the four most effective oligarchs when it comes to voter suppression. Congratulations, Mr. Pope. You've arrived.

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