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Today’s Altered State must read: “Open season on individual rights”

altered-state-bannerIf you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out today’s installment of  Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina

Today’s story by reporter Sharon McCloskey is entitled “Open season on individual rights: Conservatives seek voting restrictions, keep fighting on old social issues.”

Here’s the introduction:

“The party of less government rolled into Raleigh after the 2010 elections champing at the bit, eager to fulfill an agenda long delayed.

‘Regulations kill jobs’ became the rallying cry, but as it turned out, that cry only went so far. When it came to voting booths, bedrooms, doctor’s offices and execution chambers, the self-styled opponents of intrusive government injected themselves in ways not seen before in state government.

Voting rights landed first in their crosshairs.

‘We’ve lost every gain we’d made,’ Bob Phillips of Common Cause North Carolina said. ‘We’ve lost just about all the pro-voting, pro-democracy laws that we had pushed.’

But voters weren’t alone. Women, gay North Carolinians, death row inmates — all were fair game as conservative lawmakers pursued their causes with a vengeance.

‘There’s a real harsh, mean spirit inside the Legislative Building, more so than I’ve ever seen,’ Phillips added.”

Click here to read the entire story.

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