Which one says: We won’t stop until it’s the 1950s again?

Pantone fandeckHere I was, all ready to give Gov. McCrory a thumb’s up for his refusal to give state money to Jerry Richardson for his Taj Mahal-dium, when, before the words can leave my fingertips, he comes out with this:

“‘I think voter ID is what you need to get Sudafed in the stores right now. It’s what you need to get on the plane. It’s what you need to get many government services at this point in time,’ McCrory said, adding that he believed the bill lawmakers are developing will have safeguards for those without an ID.”

GETTING SUDAFED IS NOT A RIGHT. Getting on a plane is not a right. Voting is, and it is as sacred a right as a secular democracy can have. Pretending that this voter ID push is anything but a way to suppress the votes of the poor is risible.

I wonder if these guys are getting a little chauvinistic frisson from pushing for voter ID during the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Suffrage Parade. No Freudian slips there, boys! Then again, that would presuppose some knowledge of history and anyone in the South who wants to start requiring credentials at the polls don’t know nothing ’bout no hist’ry.

McCrory followed that word salad by expressing his support for the infamous pink drivers’ licenses for immigrants.

“McCrory said he participated in and approved the decision to issue specially designed licenses to immigrants allowed to stay in the U.S. under the federal deferred action program.

He called on Transportation Secretary Tony Tata to explain that the color is not pink, but fuchsia, and the design is similar to temporary ID cards issued to refugees from Hurricane Katrina who came to the state several years ago.

‘I approved of this final decision and was very engaged in the process of this decision,’ McCrory said.”

I’m glad he cleared up the whole shade of pink issue (though I called it fuchsia last week [and have been amused at how many TV news Chyron operators can’t spell fuchsia since then!]) because that’s really the deepest question people have about the license. He makes it sound like he and Tony Tata met and went over swatches to get just the right shade. It’s not easy to find the exact nuance of pink that says “You’re no good and you’re not welcome here!” but Pat, Tone, and their Pantone deck made it work. I think when spitting in the face of everyone who ever fought for the right to vote or be treated fairly by the state, it’s essential to have the right color scheme.


  1. Frances Jenkins

    March 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

    But the truth is 11,000 people registered on line and no one knows about the process, even Larry Leake. Would you explain this process ? Did anyone except Obama supporters use this system and was this process allowable under NC law?

  2. Bob

    March 6, 2013 at 10:08 am


    But the 11,000 people who registered online as well as any of those who registered in any voter drive not in front of a government official MUST show their ID when they arrive to vote. And many had to bring their proof of residence as well, and all were easily identified in the voter rolls on election day.

    I was in a transient population precinct (aka – near a college) and many many people had to show such verification.

    This is the law, and it was followed across the state.

  3. Doug

    March 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

    But is it a right that someone who is not a citizen, or not eligible to vote, or not eligible to vote twice should have? When someone in these categories is allowed to vote with no confirmation, it is taking away your rights. Besides, this issue has so much support because >99% of people have an ID already.

  4. Genembridges

    March 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    It has so much support because those people are unthinking. Saying that because you have an ID and must present it to by Sudafed is on the same level as saying people in welfare should be tested for drugs because your private employer can do so. At a superficial level that sounds correct, but in reality it’s an inappropriate analogy.

  5. James

    March 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Doug, I am curious where you came up with your >99% statistic (about 97.8% of all statistics with a level of certainty above 95% are just made up–like this one). This page had the results of a SBOE study from 2 years ago that seems to have slightly different finding than you have: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2011/03/14/who-doesn%E2%80%99t-have-photo-id/

    The New York Times today ran the N&O piece about the Pink Stripe. It looks as if we are determined to join Alabama and Arizona in the popular consciousness. An ugly and disturbed neighborhood.

  6. david esmay

    March 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    James,Right wing trolls don’t like supporting their facts with, well actual facts. A study by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU found that voter ID laws would disenfranchise 11% of eligible voters.www.brennancenter.org/analysis/voter-id

  7. david esmay

    March 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  8. Doug

    March 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Ok, you want me to calculate it…this will be fun! You progressives get ready for some heavy cipherin’!

    There are 9,585,000 people in NC. The population of > than 18 year olds are approximately 7,000,000 of that total, of which 800,000 are Latino, so you can discount that by half when accounting for illegal aliens. We then have a denominator of 6,600,000 give or take.

    Now the numerator, the ncdmv handbook states that the number of drivers licenses are 6,000,000.

    What do you get when you divide 6 million by 6.6 million. Well by golly that is 91%! Ok, I stand corrected! I feel that being within roughly 500000 on some lib blog post….that is pretty good considering the overall touchy feely bent of progressives anyway.

    Here are my data points if you do not want to google them yourselves.


    Also, note that I did not adjust for the 16-18 crowd since neither site has a breakout of that, just assume that evens out on a 1-1 basis. Unless you want to do the research yourself to prove me a bit more inaccurate.

  9. Doug

    March 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, and one more thing….trololololoo.

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