The Greensboro News & Record had a fun lead editorial yesterday that offered several wild and wacky predictions for 2017. Consider the following:
“The General Assembly, alarmed by the appearance of governing in the dark, convenes a special session today to review the constitutionality of Gov. Roy Cooper’s midnight swearing-in.
The legislature remains in session for the next two years, so that it can immediately reverse everything Cooper does.
Charlotte votes to secede from North Carolina and take up residence in South Carolina. The rest of the state mourns the loss of the Panthers.
While the legislature refuses to rescind House Bill 2, Congress enacts a national law providing legal protections for discrimination against LGBT people. With nowhere else to go, the ACC and NCAA return championship events to North Carolina.”
And then there are these:
“North Carolina withdraws from the NCAA and announces it will form a new professional athletic association. Dozens of universities rush to join.
Sen. Trudy Wade runs for mayor of Greensboro. After the legislature extends the city limits to include Republican-leaning precincts in Guilford County, as well as all of Randolph and Rockingham counties, Wade narrowly defeats Nancy Vaughan. But now that Greensboro borders the state line, the City Council votes to secede from North Carolina and align with Virginia.
Former Gov. Pat McCrory, shunned in Charlotte, retreats to his boyhood home in Jamestown and becomes a teacher and bathroom monitor at Ragsdale High School.
New Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, asks the legislature to triple his budget so he can defend the state from multiple lawsuits. The legislature refuses, then impeaches him for not doing his job of defending the state.”
Our take on the list: Given how 2016 concluded, we’re not willing to rule out any of these in 2017. Click here to read the entire list