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Day One of “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina”

altered-state-bannerIn case you missed it, be sure to check out today’s introduction to our new special report: “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina.” The intro is written by Chris Fitzsimon and it’s entitled “Wrecking Crew.”

Here’s the opening:

“In October 2011, just a few months after the end of the first General Assembly session controlled by Republicans in more than a hundred years, House Speaker Thom Tillis told a small group of GOP faithful in Mars Hill that one of his goals was to “divide and conquer” people on public assistance.

Tillis, now a U.S. senator, explained that he wanted to get people with disabilities to “look down” at others on public assistance, low-income families whom he deemed unworthy of public support.

It was a revealing moment for the new Republican majority in Raleigh, laying bare one of their goals, to unravel the social safety net in pursuit of their aim to shrink the government they disdain and slash taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

It is part of an agenda they have pursued without pause in the last five years, and the damage to North Carolina has been remarkable and stunning to behold….”

Click here to read Chris’ entire introduction. And be sure to check back at the Altered State website tomorrow morning and each day through December 21. We’ll be rolling out new stories over the next two and a half weeks on everything from taxes to public education to environmental protection.  It’s a mostly sobering tale, but one that is a “must read” for anyone who wants to understand the transition that’s taken place in North Carolina policy and politics over the last half decade.

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