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If you get a chance, be sure to read Fannie Florio’s column in the Charlotte Observer in which she laments the the sad state of our politics and the depths to which things have fallen in the post-Citizens United world.

Lest you think, however, that reading it will simply be a depressing bummer, know that it actually does feature an upbeat conclusion. Here’s a sneak preview:

“’The whole process is getting turned into a money auction where having access to money is turning into the most important issue in deciding who wins… It was bad before. It’s much worse now’ [said Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina].

That brings me to something that happened on Election Day that got little notice. Two states, Colorado and Montana got voter support for resolutions urging that Citizens United be overturned. Those were the first statewide initiatives to do so.

They joined seven other states that have passed some kind of resolution announcing support for overturning the ruling. Also, majorities of legislators in Connecticut and Maryland have sent letters to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment opposing the ruling.”

Read the entire column by clicking here.

17 Comments


  1. Louie

    November 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    North Carolina: first in corporate feudalism.

  2. Frank Burns

    November 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Will overturning Citizens United also prevent Big Labor from donating to a candidate? Will it tighten up on all those foreign contributions that reportedly went to Obama? Please include all of these reforms when campaign finance reform is being considered.

  3. Carolina Cannabis Coalition

    November 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

    scared of unions, Frank?

  4. david esmay

    November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Please don’t bring up Frank’s straw boogey man.

  5. Frank Burns

    November 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    In NC we are not scared of anybody or anything. We value our freedom and don’t want anyone to force their unions upon us. We consider unions a blight on society by making goods and services cost more and productivity decrease. We value fairness. If you want to take away reform campaign finance, then you need to reform the whole thing and not give unions a free pass.

  6. Jack

    November 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Andrew Carnegie thought the same thing about unions. Workers wanting a fair wage for a day’s work; how annoying is that?

    That’s why Carnegie hired a small private army to stop workers from striking in an effort to protect their interest in the workplace. The end result is that strikers were killed.

    Corporations have their lobbyist in Washington protecting their interest yet when workers want their interest protected it’s a blight on society.

  7. Frank Burns

    November 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    We don’t need unions to tell us what a fair wage is. We have laws to protect workers. You have to ask yourself why is their such a close relationship between unions and organized crime? No thanks we don’t want to be like New Jersey.

  8. Jack

    November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Well, corporations and businesses in general aren’t the ones to tell us what a fair wage is either. Like I said: Corporations have their lobbyist in Washington protecting their interest yet when workers want their interest protected it’s a blight on society.

    Corporations and businesses coalaborate and network to develop a game plan as to how to manage all aspects of their world. Why when workers do the same it is bad for society?

  9. Frank Burns

    November 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Jack,
    I never said that, but why should labor be allowed to make big campaign contributions and corporations cannot? You are forgetting one element of the puzzle and that is the public. It does not serve the public well if labor can make large campaign contributions and receive generous retirement benefits paid for by the public (public sector unions). Without balance, the public loses its voice.

  10. Jack

    November 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    “We don’t need unions to tell us what a fair wage is.” Well, congress believed that at least there should be a minimum wage law. So yeah someone has to tell business what a fair wage is. But I’m sure that those who seek balance such as the Koch brother and Art Pope will work to reserve such unionistic style laws.

    So you deny saying “We consider unions a blight on society… ,” or in other words when workers want and need to protect their interest in the workplace it is a blight on society.

    Just to refresh your memory I refer you to the 4th from the top posting where you said: “We consider unions a blight on society… .”

  11. Frank Burns

    November 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Yes unions are a blight on society, no workers are not a blight but a blessing. We can do fine without unions. Again we need to protect the rights of the taxpayer and the consumer, that should be our focus. The rights of unions conflicts with the public’s interest.

  12. david esmay

    November 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Frank you are a blight on society and as far as NC goes, it’s always sucked in regards to labor.

  13. david esmay

    November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The rights of workers conflicts with corporate interests, you’ve got it upside down again.

  14. david esmay

    November 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Labor is comprised of taxpayers and consumers, try again.

  15. Frank Burns

    November 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Wrong David. It’s the taxpayers who are on the hook for the lavish Union retirement benefits and the consumers who suffer the increased costs and lower productivities imposed on goods and services . Organized labor is fortunately is a small portion of the public.

  16. Frances Jenkins

    November 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    How much did Obama spend and how much came from Hollywood? Seem to always be two standards and when the Democrats do not win, the Republicans have raised money from the wrong people.

  17. david esmay

    November 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Wrong Frank, once again you’re mouthing factless right wing talking points from Fake News or some right- wing blog you’ve been cruising. As always you offer, like every other conservative corporate tool, a big heaping plate of Oligarchy with a side of slave labor.

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