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The New Yorker story by Jane Mayer about the influence of Art Pope is now online. It’s titled, “State for Sale: A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds.”

Much of the story will be familiar to people who follow North Carolina politics, but it is interesting to read a national reporter’s take on what is happening here.

Mayer provides a lot of background and context about Pope’s influence and plenty of quotes from Pope himself.  There will no doubt be a lot of discussion of the article in the next few days.

Here’s just one interesting tidbit. Mayer quotes the Locke Foundation’s Roy Cordato saying he opposes “compulsory education” for minors. 

In other words, Cordato does not believe that parents should be required to make sure their children attend some of school—public, private or even a home school.

And you wondered where the extremist agenda in North Carolina comes from.

4 Comments


  1. Jimmy

    October 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Where do you get off labeling an agenda different from yours as extremist ? What an arrogant and pompous attitude !

  2. Mariel Escobar

    October 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

    @jimmy – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer
    Read the full article from the New Yorker referenced by the author, and you will get a better idea of what extremism is, and how “it” gets elected. We need a level playing field come election time so that we can focus on the candidate, their true beliefs, their accomplishments, and their hopes and plans for the betterment of our state.
    Once money becomes “king”, there is no truth – there is only smoke and mirrors, fear mongering and distortions. I want REALITY in my government – not just mouthpieces who are beholden to their corporate sponsors. MONEY breed CORRUPTION. Our government is corrupt and nonfunctional now because legislation is written by corporate lobbyists to appease their masters at the expense of the rest of us.
    Unless you are a billionairre, you may want to open your eyes to what is happening across the country. We are effectively ruled by the 1%, who have currently stashed an astonishing and unprecedented TWO TRILLION DOLLARS offshore. Wonder why there are no jobs? The “Job Creators” simply aren’t interested in whether you can pay your mortgage or buy groceries. This is no mistake – this is a deliberate act, coordinated by the “uber” wealthy, and protected by legislation they have written for their political ‘slaves’ to vote into “Law”. This IS extremism. Beware!

  3. Alex

    October 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I guess it’s ok for corrupt unions to pump their millions of dollars into political contests !

  4. James

    October 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I love it when the Baggers say “but they’re doing it too.”

    This is the difference between left and right.

    I want to get all money out of politics through publicly funded elections. The right wants to let the side with the most money win.

    Marketplace of ideas my ass.

    It is a marketplace of money. That’s why they call it a market.

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