What’s at stake in our state?
HB2 follows an ironic pattern from our Republican lawmakers who resent being ‘told by Washington’ what states can and cannot do, then become proscriptive in Raleigh and tell municipalities and counties what they can and cannot do. To wit, no county, town, or city may deviate from Raleigh’s official position on the minimum wage; the “Wage and Hour Act” article within HB2 relies on the “police power of the State
” to supersede “any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State
” when it comes to regulating “the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.
” Imagine the reaction of these alleged small government advocates if such a directive came from the federal level to the states. When it comes to government mandates, what is sauce for the goose is apparently not
sauce for the gander, in their lawmaking perceptions.
Consider North Carolina’s resistance movement from a scientific perspective.
What do the data tell us?
Clinton voters: 2,189,316 (46.2%)
Trump voters: 2,362,631 (49.8%)
‘Other’ voters: 189,617 (4.0%)
Ross voters: 2,128,165 (45.37%)
Burr voters: 2,395,376 (51.06%)
‘Other’ voters: 176,592 (3.57%)
Ross voters: 24,187 (29.66%)
Burr voters: 53,125 (65.14%)
‘Other’ voters: 4,248 (5.21%)
We need to spend time learning the lessons these numbers can teach us.
“Many people believe that North Carolina is a battleground state and if so, then unaffiliated voters are critical to a winning campaign.“
Who are the unaffiliated voters here in North Carolina? We are growing. From 2012 to 2016, the number of registered Democratic voters dropped by 72,919 voters, the number of registered Republican voters rose by 44,198, and the number of registered Libertarian voters rose by 14,398, while the number of registered Unaffiliated voters increased by 361,575. We are exhausted and repelled by politicians who place party over principle, no matter the party.
Keep the faith. Hold up the sky!