NYT: North Carolina in “Decline” under GOP, McCrory


As Moral Monday protests continue, the unfavorable national media attention on North Carolina intensified with a prominent editorial in the New York Times slamming the “demolition derby” underway in the state legislature:

In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.

“Grotesque,” the Times calls the damage being wrought on years of state progress. Political analyst Michael Bitzer observed, “If they can’t end this issue, particularly on the abortion issue, fairly soon and fairly quick, it may have a lasting impact on companies and people looking at North Carolina.”

The Times concludes:

North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build.

Gives new meaning to Shakespeare’s “a plague on both your houses.”


  1. Jon King says:

    Does anyone care about NYT’s opinion of NC? For our ALEC-inspired representatives in the Assembly, this only serves to reinforce that they are on the correct track.

    To a certain degree, I expect this kind of chicanery from state-level Republicans these days. Right now, I’m more disappointed in our Governor. His promise to make NC more competitive for business is not materializing. He is poised to sign legislation increasing restrictions for abortion, campaign promises notwithstanding.

    McCrory is weak.

  2. Gordon Smith says:

    The Decline of Black Power in the South. Excerpt:

    Voter suppression and redistricting are simply mechanisms with which to gain and hold power. What is ultimately important is what is done with that power.

    North Carolina has, in this respect, become a Tea Party test tube, a state where intensely conservative Republicans wrested full control of the Legislature in 2010.

    On June 16, Rob Christensen, a reporter at the Raleigh News and Observer, summarized the major Republican legislative actions of 2012-2013. These included:

    – Repeal of a state Earned Income Tax Credit program providing tax benefits to the working poor.

    – Cuts in Medicaid eligibility for poor women from 185 percent of poverty to 133 percent of the poverty level.

    – Reduction of eligibility for unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 12 to 20 weeks, depending on circumstances.

    – Repeal of the 2009 Racial Justice Act allowing those sentenced to death to use statistical evidence of discrimination in death penalty appeals.

    Legislation like this has particularly harsh consequences for blacks, Hispanics and the poor generally, and reflects what the loss of political power means.

  3. Tom Sullivan says:

    Confessions of a conservative “deadbeat”: Moral Mondays make sense when GOP compassion is lacking

    There was a time when I would have groaned with disgust at the coverage of the tumultuous Moral Monday protests. As a conservative activist and blogger (and registered Republican), my feet remain firmly planted on the right, but I have become surprisingly sympathetic to the passionate protesters who gather every week in Raleigh.

    What changed? Last October I lost my job of 19 years and officially became a deadbeat. Now, Gov. Pat McCrory has never used that word officially to my knowledge, but he did remark, while campaigning in 2012, that filing for unemployment is “too easy.”

    A conservative mugged by the Market?

  4. Does anyone care about NYT’s opinion of NC?

    People deciding whether to move businesses or otherwise invest in NC, read the NYT, so yes, we should be concerned.

  5. Jason Bugg says:

    That op-ed in the New York Times is going to show a bunch of revenge-hungry rednecks and plutocrats in the NCGA the error of their ways! I can just see the change happening already!

  6. nick s says:

    People deciding whether to move businesses or otherwise invest in NC, read the NYT, so yes, we should be concerned.

    Exactly. The ALEC agenda is “business friendly” only by ideological assertion.

    And this is what may be the undoing of Moffitt and company’s dream: the sheer impulsive recklessness of GOP absolute power, where motorcycle safety bills are magically transformed into anti-abortion bills in Raleigh back rooms. There was plenty to dislike about the old Dem power structures in the state, but it was certainly predictable. Any businesses wanting to work in NC right now have to ask themselves whether they could plan around the state government agenda for the next few weeks, let alone years.

  7. Andrew Dahm says:

    I don’t know that anyplace in the good old USA can be termed “unattractive” to large businesses. Every city and county (except for some wonderful exceptions) is busy expropriating resources from individuals and small businesses and handing them over to large firms in the form of incentives and tax abatements. All of this is to say nothing of the federal government’s bailout of a corrupt banking and investment system.

    I think folks who run Fortune 500 companies are smart enough to know that the abortion card ensures a majority for the legislators they own.