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Washington Post reports on North Carolina's march to the right

The legislature's push to the political right, continues to gain national attention, with another article appearing over the holiday weekend in The Washington Post.

The headline reads, “North Carolina, unimpeded GOP drives state hard to the right,” and highlights the influence of the Koch brothers and Art Pope, all conservative political donors, the “Moral Monday'' civil disobedience and the broad range of conservative bills.

“I don't know that there is a state that has as many regressive policies on tap,” said Penda Hair, co-director of Advancement Project in Washington is quoted in the story.

Voter ID foes to fight in courts, in streets

Critics of proposed new voter photo ID law vowed Thursday to launch a vigorous effort to fight the proposal, saying it amounted to a 21st century version of the poll tax used to keep blacks from voting.

The state NAACP lead a coalition of groups said they planned to contest a voter ID bill in the legislature even though it is clear that the Republican majority has the votes to pass it and that GOP Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will sign it.

“We will fight them in the courts, we fight them in the streets, and voters will fight them by turning out and voting,” said Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, a major national civil rights group that is legally challenging voter ID laws across the country. She described North Carolina as “ground zero” in the national fight.

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