WaPo: NC Legislature In Play for Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The national media did their best to target Republican majorities on Jones Street when the House Bill 2 controversy was manufactured and stoked by Leftists from the Old North State and beyond. Outside of a gubernatorial loss (and even that could be accredited to other factors), it didn’t work. Republicans kept their super-majorities.

Now, in the age of Trump, Democrats of North Carolina are licking their chops in anticipation of a Blue Wave of a midterm election. This has plenty of squishy Republicans embracing the Left’s ideas, such as Medicaid expansion, in an attempt to ward off the Left’s attacks. It is hard to see how that will help a Republican majority that seems to have pumped the brakes on serious conservative reforms.

Will this time be different? Democrats sure think so.

“An unusual political battle is unfolding across North Carolina, where national and state Democrats have recruited an army of candidates and are spending millions of dollars on a campaign to loosen a years-long Republican grip on a state legislature that has turned an otherwise evenly split state into a bastion for some of the country’s most conservative measures. Among them: a limit on transgender access to bathrooms that was ultimately repealed under pressure from business leaders, congressional district maps that courts have ruled were designed to curtail the voting power of African Americans, and education spending levels that have sparked mass protests at the State Capitol.

“North Carolina has been a beacon in the South, and I had to try and stop this Republican leadership from tarnishing our brand,” said the leader of the campaign, Gov. Roy Cooper (D), who has watched the GOP’s legislative super­majority override his vetoes 20 times since he narrowly ousted a Republican incumbent two years ago.

The effort reflects a subplot of the Democratic Party’s broader push to engineer a “blue wave” across the country in the November midterms — tapping into voter anger over President Trump as well as Republican policies on school funding, taxes and health care to chip away at GOP dominance in state capitals.[…]”

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