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Prof: North Carolina No Longer a Democracy Because Republicans Win

Prof: North Carolina No Longer a Democracy Because Republicans Win

“the statewide Republican Party has been too successful at winning”

Who’s up for another round of professors say the darndest things?

From the Daily Caller:

Professor: North Carolina Is NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY Because Republicans Win Too Many Elections

A taxpayer-funded political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has concluded that political conditions in North Carolina are comparable to political conditions in totalitarian nations such as Cuba, Venezuela and Iran because Republicans are too politically successful.

The professor, Andrew Reynolds, aired his 936-word grievance last week in The News & Observer, a newspaper out of Raleigh.

North Carolina “can no longer be classified as a full democracy,” Reynolds declares, because the statewide Republican Party has been too successful at winning the state’s winner-take-all elections.

The winner-take-all system — which is excessively common throughout the United States — is a huge problem, Reynolds pontificates, because “one party wins just half the votes but 100 percent of the power.” North Carolina Republicans have won so many elections in recent years that they have “a huge legislative majority” and “absolute veto-proof control.”

The professor blames gerrymandered voting districts in the state for creating “rigged district boundaries” and making state legislators “beholden to their party bosses” and “detached from democratic accountability.”

Reynolds also says North Carolina “can no longer be classified as a full democracy” because of a state transgender bathroom law — commonly called House Bill 2 — which requires people to use public bathrooms aligning with the genitalia with which they were originally born.

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Of course, no state in the US is a “full democracy” since we don’t vote to make all decisions. NC is a representative democracy.

The funny thing is (and I live in NC) the state was Democrat for decades and as a result, those of us on the other side had little/no power. That was perfectly fine to the Dems until the tide turned.

As for Gerrymandering – NC was a master at it. I lived in one of the most Gerrymandered congressional districts ever drawn (NC 12) (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina's_12th_congressional_district). I find it hilarious that the Dems are now complaining.

As for HB2 – that was the result and (over)reaction by the assembly to Jennifer Roberts’ “FU” to the Governor and assembly in passing the Charlotte ordinance. As a result of HB2, McCrory lost the governor’s seat to Dem Roy Cooper.

    Barry in reply to rso3. | January 6, 2017 at 2:24 am

    ” As a result of HB2, McCrory lost the governor’s seat to Dem Roy Cooper.”

    Nope, he lost 30k votes in the I-77 toll road corridor. It had nothing to do with the bathroom bill.

Reynolds should take a hard look at the People’s Soviet of Mexifornia.

Guess you’ll have to deal with it. Lol

Professor Andrew Reynolds is one of those people whom one doesn’t know whether it’s better to hug him or give him a strong swift smack across the chops.

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