“Nowhere is the battle between liberal and conservative visions of government fiercer,” wrote David Graham of The Atlantic, “than North Carolina.” NBC Political Director Chuck Todd cited Graham’s piece as “a good argument that the best — and most important — political story that no one has probably heard about is taking place in North Carolina.”
Since April, Democrats and liberal groups upset with the state Republicans’ conservative legislation have gathered every Monday at the capitol in Raleigh — with more than 600 demonstrators arrested so far. A state Senate bill passed last week designed to increase health and safety standards at women’s reproductive rights facilities added fuel to the fire. Public protests escalated and the state garnered even more national media attention.
Heated rhetoric aside, however, close examination shows a vocal minority is overreacting to Republicans implementing the fiscal policies they ran on — and that a majority of voters agreed were needed to make the state economically competitive.
Take tax reform, the issue that has been the top item on the docket this year — and drawn the most ire from Democrats. North Carolina has the highest income tax and unemployment rates in the South. This is no coincidence.