Roy Cooper won as governor of North Carolina in 2016, the Republic
legislature was waiting with a dish of disempowerment. They served up
a similar dish to Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan. Tony Evers got the
same from the GOP cooks in Wisconsin.
suppression, intimidation and outright theft of votes is how the GOP
keeps winning. Add a highly successful gerrymandering game and the
Republicans will have dominance in state and national elections for a
good while. That slops over to majority governance.
North Carolina Republican-dominated state legislature passed a
package of bills that stifled incoming Democratic Governor Roy
Cooper’s legislative promises. This included not being able to
make key cabinet appointments without legislative approval,
drastically cutting the size of the new administration, and changing
the Board of Elections so that Republicans would control it in the
future. By the scope of the bills, it was apparent to the trusting
Democrats that the coup had been in the works for a while.
Cooper now spends a lot of time in defense mode—vetoing bills
only to have them repealed by the state legislature and then having
to file lawsuits. This is no way to govern.
the Democrats learn any lessons from the GOP punch in the gut of
democracy? Apparently not.
often criticized the Democratic Party for being sleep at the wheel.
One big area where there is little or no aggressive offensive is to
stop red gerrymandering. That’s what North Carolina, Michigan
and Wisconsin all have in common.
Governor-Elect Tony Evers fell victim to the GOP lame duck muck. The
not-so-sneaky power grab could be crippling for Governor Evers and
his new Attorney General Josh Kaul if outgoing Governor Scott Walker
signs off on it.
has called the power play a “hot mess.” The progressive
platform that he ran on is being sabotaged, like stopping the
Republican’s legal challenge of the Affordable Care Act.
power grab is taken out of the GOP playbook in North Carolina. There
Democrats were ambushed by a special session called by the Republican
governor during the lame duck period.
won every statewide contest in Wisconsin's 2018 midterms. Yet
Republicans were able to keep control of the gerrymandered state
legislature. The GOP received just 45 percent of the vote overall but
will control 63 of 99 seats in the Assembly. Well played,
Democratic voters out in the future will become more difficult if
their efforts still result in Republican rule. Until there’s a
serious strategy implemented by Democrats, we’ll continue to
see red figuratively and politically.
now, it should be indisputable that the GOP is all about power for
themselves. By any means necessary. Their actions have absolutely
nothing to do with God, country, the U.S. Constitution, the flag or
any other symbolism thrown in our faces to justify its unfettered
seizure and abuse of power.
two-party system is slowing turning into a one-party dictatorship.
The checks and balances in the three branches of
government—Executive, Legislative and Judicial—are
one party winning an election still means that the other party is
running the show because of politricks, then the People must rise to
save ourselves and the country.