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NC Voters Already Dissatisfied with New Governor

In just six  months, NC Voters are dissatisfied with their new governor, Pat McCrory. Extreme tactics, catering to the rich, and especially the GOP war on women have  consequences. Here's my previous entry on the subject. Though his veto could have been  overridden, surely he could have offered it on principal in response to the list of outrageous General Assembly votes. Additionally, in a revenue non-neutral flat tax agreed upon just yesterday (and with passage likely from both houses today), he has gutted government funding while giving the rich even greater tax cutsAnd he lied. In the campaign, he said he would veto any new abortion restrictions. And this week he pledged to break that promise. Here is what the voters think of him now:

For the first time since taking office we find that McCrory has a negative approval rating this month. Only 40% of voters are happy with the job he's doing to 49% who disapprove. That's down a net 15 points from June when he was at a 45/39 spread. While McCrory's numbers are pretty steady with Republicans, he continues to lose ground with Democrats (down a net 17 points from, minus 36 -- 24/60 -- last month to now minus 53 -- 17/70) and independents (down a net 20 points from +12 -- 46/34 -- last month to minus 8 -- 41/49 now). Only 68% of people who voted for McCrory last fall continue to approve of his job performance. 

Yes, the public is beginning to awaken, but it's too little, too late.

In every realm but politics I love my state. It is a wonderful place to live. But even as we speak:

* The funding sources for services and infrastructure are gutted; 
* Our rights are decimated; 
* The environment is ravaged; 
* The tax base is obliterated for senseless, hugely disproportionate giveaways to the rich

McCrory is so delusional that he thinks in just six months he has brought NC back from the recession, but he has done absolutely nothing - until this week, when he gutted state jobs and broke his pledge on reproductive choice. He's had nothing whatsoever to do with any recovery. Indeed, he made it worse. It is too soon to see the effects of his new policies and draconian tax plan, but they won't be positive. 

The Teahadists in the North Carolina General Assembly are wont to say they are doing "what they've been elected to do."  The only trouble is that that's not true.  They tapped into the frustration of voters following both former governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue messy tenures. Easley had a nepotism (plus more) scandal and two of Perdue's staffers failed to properly account for campaign expenses and campaign flights.  

Compared to Bob McDonnell, though, the NC former governors' scandals pale. McDonnell ran the governor's mansion like the subsidiary of a tobacco company. We in NC also had a very weak candidate step up at the last minute when Perdue suddenly found herself the least popular governor in America and withdrew from her reelection race. 

The extreme and duplicitous behavior of the NC General Assembly and its governor provide a warning for the Virginia pols trying to eliminate the progress of the 20th Century and the first decade plus of the 21st. Bad behavior has consequences. North Carolina shows how low you can go.

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