Saturday News: Sad state of the State


BATTLE LINES TURN N.C.’S MODERATION INTO DISTANT MEMORY (New York Times) — Political chaos has become as much a fixture of life here as the basketball rivalry between Duke and the University of North Carolina: four years of battles, boycotts, protests and standoffs over voting, gerrymandering, anti-discrimination ordinances, bathroom access and the ability of Republicans to strip power from the governor’s office as soon as a Democrat wins it. The warfare has turned North Carolina, once the South’s beacon of moderation, into perhaps the most polarized state in the country.…

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