If the North Carolina General Assembly continues with its plans, casting a ballot and adopting a pit bull will be more difficult, and additional hoops will be established for those seeking unemployment assistance. The poor would pay a proportionately higher percentage of their income in taxes while the state’s corporations will see their burden decrease dramatically.
These are only a few of the items being pushed through the Legislature that have many North Carolinians questing the state’s direction under united Republican control for the first time in more than a century. Voters may have soundly rejected a dated and corrupt Democratic leadership, but polls now indicate that few expected so strident an approach by the GOP during Gov. Pat McCrory’s first months in office.
The state found itself on the wrong end of a national punch line recently when lawmakers in Rowan County introduced a bill that, in effect, proposed to declare Christianity the official religion of the state. The legislation called into question the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1803 ruling in Marbury v. Madison that established that court’s power of judicial review.
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