Saturday, October 12, 2013

No Paycheck? Blame Art Pope


I've written so much stuff over the years that I can't find it. And on this particular one, this is the second time I couldn't find it. It's tough getting old. But don't let me distract you. (Like I haven't already.)

I'll keep this short and sweet because I want you to be able to read it for yourself. In 2010, a guy named Art Pope bought the mid-term election in North Carolina. He owns the Rose's department store (amongst other things) and is (surprise, surprise) a conservative. As you ought to know by now, the Democrats lost big in 2010, the Republicans took over and gerrymandered a bunch of Congressional districts, which ensured they'd keep the House of Representatives for a while.

One of the districts they redrew was North Carolina's 11th -- around Asheville, NC. As you might have guessed, Asheville is a hippy-dippy-artsy Democratic place surrounded by Conservative hillbillies.

The guy that took over NC-11 for the Republicans was Mark Meadows. He's another Conservative whack-a-doodle that is more than willing to whip up the Birthers and other whack-a-doodles whether he truly believes in their nonsense or not.

In August of 2013, Congressman Meadows (NC-11R) sends a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and suggests he refuse to fund the government unless Democrats agree to defund Obamacare. (Side note: Send this link to your Conservative friends that need to know how Obamacare is doing.)

So, it's a straight shot for you. Billionaire buys the North Carolina election for the Republicans, Republicans redraw the electoral map, a Democrat gets replaced by a Republican in a previously liberal district and the next thing you know, I'm locked out of Yellowstone and you don't have a paycheck.

Who are you going to vote for next year?

Here's the link to the New Yorker story you should have read back in 2011:

State for Sale -- A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012’s top battlegrounds.

And you can click on the video below for Rachel Maddow's briefing on Mark Meadows.

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Don Brown
October 12, 2013

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