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The best editorial of the weekend

If you missed it, be sure to check out the lead editorial in Sunday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. As it rightfully highlights, the state’s conservative powers that be are up to no good again (and a remarkable degree of hypocrisy) when it comes to voting and election laws.

Not only are they wrongfully attempting to cast doubt on a number of legitimate voters in what the N&O describes as Pat McCrory’s “increasingly futile” effort to overturn his defeat in the gubernatorial election, they’re now telegraphing that they’ll attempt to use their bogus claims as grounds for once again pushing voter suppression laws in 2017 of the kind struck down by the federal courts earlier this year.

The editorial accurately terms this a “transparent” effort to suppress the votes of  groups with which the leaders tend to disagree — the young, the elderly, the poor and people of color. Here’s the excellent concluding sentence:

“It is an insult to democracy and a waste of the public’s money.”

Tragically, that sentence could be used to describe a large proportion of the laws enacted by the state’s right-wing leaders during the last five years. Click here to read the entire editorial.

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