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Activists Protest North Carolina's Turn to Right-Wing Extremism

No state is seeing a bigger and more devastating deluge of right-wing legislation move this year than North Carolina, where a tea-party-controlled legislature has been advancing bills alternatively dangerous and absurd -- and sometimes both. A voter ID proposal is just the latest to gain national attention, as residents of all fifty states get a glimpse of what an unfettered conservative movement in a state actually looks like, and activists in North Carolina raise the temperature in protest:

North Carolina's legislature, "a tragicomedy that seems to get more outrageous from week to week." [Charlotte Observer]

MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes went over some of the craziness to take place this session in a segment this week. [MSNBC]

A voter ID bill that would ban student IDs as well as other bills to restrict early voting and same day registration all appear headed toward passage. [News Observer]

North Carolina college students have been taking a lead role protesting voter suppression efforts. [Colorlines]

Five students were arrested and thrown in jail as part of an action on May Day protesting the slew of legislative attacks on working families and disenfranchised communities. [Student Power NC]

Seventeen activists and civil rights leaders were arrested in total at the protest. [WRAL]

North Carolina's legislature has also introduced a "series of bills that would curtail the ability of cities and urban counties to govern themselves." [BusinessWeek]

A look at the big corporate money behind the extreme conservative agenda in the Tar Heel State. [Center for Media and Democracy]

 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from May 4, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)