Chris Fitzsimon offers another perspective on the far-reaching implications of Raleigh Republicans’ decisions :
This week they are advancing legislation to make it more difficult for seniors and people with a disability to vote by forcing them to bring a government-issued photo ID to the polls. The House has already voted to shorten the length of the early voting period, which prompted The New York Times to call for a gubernatorial veto.
The Republican majorities are dismantling the public financing system for Council of State elections. That means that big contributions from insurance companies will help decide who is elected commissioner of insurance in 2012.
Last week the House passed a bill allowing the predatory consumer finance industry to jack up the already exorbitantly high interest rates they charge on small loans.
Sense the pattern here? More power for corporations in the political process and the legal system, less for average citizens who can’t afford to make big campaign contributions or hire lobbyists.
The budget cripples the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, laying off workers and transferring important conservation functions to the Department of Agriculture, where agribusiness almost always gets its way.
The House recently passed a bill requiring women accessing private, legal medical services to listen to anti-choice propaganda first. The budget prohibits Planned Parenthood from receiving federal pass through grants for their cancer screenings.