This weekend’s must-see TV: “State of Conflict: North Carolina”

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers kicks off the new year with a documentary that examines this past tumultuous year in North Carolina politics. The Moyers & Company website describes the hour-long doc this way:

‘Republicans hold the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature and they are steering North Carolina far to the right: slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, providing vouchers to private schools, cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid and rolling back electoral reforms, including voting rights. At the heart of this conservative onslaught sits a businessman who is so wealthy and powerful that he is frequently described as the state’s own “Koch brother.”

“State of Conflict” is more than a local story. It offers a case study of what may be the direction of American politics for years, perhaps decades, to come.’

The program airs Friday evening from 10:00pm – 10:59pm on public television (UNC-MX) and again on Saturday from 6:00pm – 6:59pm. If you miss both of those,  the content will be streamed on BillMoyers.com.

For a preview, click below:


  1. GOP Rules

    January 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Now here is some conflict:

    Why are we not seeing a huge outcry when the NAACP tries to “intimidate” someone for records? And the VIP is not even a government sponsored entity. Guess it does not conform to Fitzy’s Blueprint narrative.


  2. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Now here is some conflict:

    “Voter Integrity Project (VIP) is a non-partisan organization”, then….:

    “Because of our political views, we are being forced either to publicly release enough information to destroy the lives of anybody who ever helped us,” DeLancy said, “or to spend tens of thousands of dollars, that we don’t have, in order to defend our Constitutional right to free speech.”

    Non-partisan or partisan. You decide :-)

  3. GOP Rules

    January 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    So…..you are saying only a certain party is going to donate to integrity in voting? Not surprising.

    But it has nothing to do with partisan view….I thought “intimidation” was a non-partisan and eeeeevillll thing to do. Or is is just eeeeevvvvviiiillll because Civitas requested information (from a government source subject to FOIA)? And the NAACP is as pure as the driven snow on angels wings (cue the sun shining down with trumpets as you read that) in their motives? I definitely see the hypocricy in that you don’t express outrage at this blatant attempt at intimidation on an entity that is not even subject to the FOIA laws while having fits at the UNC dude who essentially had the same argument (but with no basis to do so).

    Paid policy watch intern (my money is on Alan, not ML)…..in 3….2….1…

  4. RJ

    January 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Uh, GOP, the VIP is fighting against complying with a subpoena, which is a piece of paper that is issued as a part of a voting rights lawsuit that is pending in federal court. VIP has every right to challenge the subpoena in court if it thinks it’s over-broad or whatever, but it’s the judge’s call. You aren’t allowed to yell “intimidation!” and not hand over evidence that relates to a pending lawsuit.

    And I took a look at that subpoena. The plaintiffs, only one of which is the NAACP, are asking for records of communications between VIP and members of the GA, the gov’s office, SBOE, lobbyists and public groups, etc. about the new voting laws. Pretty basic stuff.

    But I can see why it scares VIP so much. Given that (1) of all the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, VIP’s press release specifically only refers to the NAACP as the plaintiff, (2) that the press release ends with a portrayal of William Barber (who’s not an individual plaintiff) as being part of a “lynch mob”, and (3) that VIP says that handing over the information would “destroy the lives of anybody who ever helped us,” methinks there might be some, shall we say, “earthy” expressions regarding the voting laws’ voter demographic impacts to be found in VIP’s e-mail server…

  5. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    GOP Rules, fails again…. but not surprisingly runs to defend his employer. LOL.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Good point GOP. It is funny to see the ostrich bury it’s head when something it does not like comes it’s way.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    And RJ, your comment seems to support GOP, and showing it even more egregious. From your comment

    “The plaintiffs, only one of which is the NAACP, are asking for records of communications between VIP and members of the GA, the gov’s office, SBOE, lobbyists and public groups, etc. about the new voting laws.”

    They are attempting to intimidate VIP when they should be submitting FOIA to the GA which would in theory be the main player in the legislation as they have the actual power.

  8. ML

    January 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    LSD fails…

    Reread the post toast.

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    January 5, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Toast…you sure are eating breakfast late.

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