It's hard to believe but it has been almost ten years since we started NC Policy Watch to both counter the state's large, well-fund funded conservative "think tanks" that were increasingly dominating the state public policy debate and to hold the politicians who did their bidding accountable.
We want to continue and expand our aggressive reporting and thoughtful commentaries about the dangerous new direction in Raleigh these days, but we need your help.
This one's a no-brainer, folks. NC Policy Watch has done more to explore progressive ideas and expose regressive policies and individuals than any other single entity, and it's safe to say that tens of thousands of North Carolinians would have suffered more if they hadn't been doing those things. Saying this would be money well spent is a gross understatement, but there simply aren't words suitable to place an adequate value on this organization. But you already know this.
The current conservative push in North Carolina isn’t indicative of a long-lasting political tide. Winning half the vote (and in some cases less) but grabbing unfettered power via a combination of big money, outrageous gerrymandering and misleading promises of moderation isn’t a wave. It’s more like a bit of electoral hocus pocus; a smoke and mirrors coup d’état.
20 million—amount in dollars of the potential cost of a comprehensive voter ID program in North Carolina. (“The Facts About Voter ID,” Democracy North Carolina, and the Institute of Southern Studies)
16.9 million—amount in dollars that Missouri officials estimated it would cost for outreach efforts about Voter ID laws to avoid voter confusion and make sure legitimate voters aren’t turned away at the polls. (Ibid)
1 million—amount in dollars this year’s final budget allocates for costs associated with the new proposed voter ID law in North Carolina (“Some of this year’s biggest political stories resolved in the state budget,” WRAL-TV, July 21, 2013)
This is one of the more frustrating issues (for me) in the realm of political debate. There are no good reasons to do this, and many good reasons to not do this, but the propagandists on the right have done their job well on this one. Which I tried to explain here:
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