One of the few remaining obstacles to the right-wing extremists' virtual dictatorship in NC is the court system, so of course they're working to secure complete control of the courts.
The seven elections are in the appellate courts. Most significantly, four are on the seven-member N.C. Supreme Court, where registered Republican justices have long held a 4-3 majority.
With three of those four seats currently held by Democrats, the GOP momentum that has swept North Carolina over the past three years could increase the Republican majority if it continues. So far, Democrats haven’t yet come up with someone to run against Justice Mark Martin for the chief justice seat being vacated by Sarah Parker, who in August will reach the mandatory retirement age of 72.
Outside groups spent millions to ensure that Paul Newby remained on the state Supreme Court, thus keeping the Republican's slim 4-3 majority there, and we can expect the same groups -- and others -- to pour millions more into the upcoming judicial races.
One of the big spenders in that race, the N.C. Judicial Coalition, will be back in the game this year, one of its founders, former state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer, said Friday.
“We plan to be very active,” Fetzer said. “I think it’s the most important state election in North Carolina."