The toxic games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week. They are imposing on lawmaker’s lives. The Republican war on the media has reached North Carolina. It was revealed that the press room was moved to the corner of the basement to make a relaxing space for lawmakers right across from the press room. Meanwhile, there is no progress to report in major unresolved issues, including the budget, Medicaid expansion, and court-ordered re-drawing of legislative districts in the Triangle area.
Week 4 of the NC Legislative Long Session has been interesting. Republicans decided not to appeal a court ruling that they violated the North Carolina constitution when they redrew four Wake County legislative districts in 2017. A bill with bipartisan support( HB140, FAIR Act) that would amend the state constitution to prevent gerrymandering was introduced. And two of the constiutional amendments were overturned when Judge “Bryan Collins ruled that the legislature that passed the amendments was so
gerrymandered that it did not represent the people of North Carolina. “
The candidates who were endorsed by the NC NOW PAC in the general election did pretty well. The Congressional candidates endorsed by the NOW PAC did less well. Read about results here.