By Oscar Y. Harward
It is almost comical for the Raleigh, NC “News & Observer” and others to criticize NC General Assembly’s congressional and legislative districts as created, delivered, and then approved by President Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department. It is comical because for many years, most of us in the NC Republican Party realized that we were being cheated on these same and other issues as you describe on the opposite political powers of government.
For more than 45 years of my involvement in the NC Republican Party, I fail to remember any criticism by the Raleigh News & Observer concern of the NC General Assembly’s congressional and legislative districts, even though NC Democrat Party’s controlled General Assembly continued multiple representation in both the NC House and NC Senate; a true violation of the NC Constitution.
Furthermore, ending the tax return check-off option to donate $3 to political parties based on the political party registration is equivalent to all Labor Union membership funds being donated to the top Labor Union leadership, regardless and absent of who the dues paying members may choose to support. On that issue, I suggest the Raleigh News & Observer may share approval of that one-sided view.
“Early voting” in elections are important so as to turn out the vote and make it convenient and effective as reasonably possible; however, extensive dates and time can be and are too “lengthy, unwarranted, and expensive”. Each and every qualified voter could and should be able to cast their ballots in a shorter “Early voting” time frame or “Absentee voting” within a reasonable period of time. Members of the General Assembly will make adequate, but not excessive times for voting.
By the way Mr. Raleigh News & Observer Editor, prior to a US Judge’s decision in the fall of 1984, the NC Democrat Party’s controlled General Assembly would not even allow “cross-over” voting in partisan elections, and allow these votes to be counted. At that time and before, only “straight-party” votes were counted. A voter who wanted to vote a “straight-party” ballot, yet vote for another candidate in a different party was denied that “vote” of the another candidate(s) to be counted as he/her intended. That was when Democrats outnumbered Republicans in “straight-party” voting by from some 3 or 5 Democrats to 1 Republican.
NC Governor Pat McCrory and the NC General Assembly are to be commended on their leadership in pursuing the majorities’ citizens’ expectations in many areas of wholesome leadership.
The Raleigh News & Observer, who has been sitting on the front row with a left-wing agenda of the Democrat majority General Assembly, must now take a back seat of their more progressive ideological agenda.
Decreasing government growth, less spending of taxpayers’ money, and lowering taxes for working North Carolinians is of most importance to Gov. McCrory and NC Legislators.