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Embarrassed? Proud? The eyes of the nation are on North Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

As the General Assembly races to get its legislative agenda through,  the nation is watching.

For the first time in years our state is emerging on national news programs and social media as one of the most aggressively conservative on the move.

Conservative blogs are surfacing yelling, "go team, go!" Liberal blogs are shining a light on Raleigh yelling, "stop… and shame." We are a state divided and the nation not only knows it,  it's talking about us, and on some level invading us. People from other states are bussing in for the Moral Monday protests.

National groups are joining in state lawsuits to get laws like North Carolina's Amendment One declared unconstitutional.

One of the issues at the top of what's trending from Carolina is the Voter I. D. legislation we expect the General Assembly to pass this week. One of today's top trending blogs... calls the legislation... the most suppressive voter law in the nation.  (LINK:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/23/2340941/nc-voter-suppression/ )

The Voter I. D. legislation would do a lot—block anyone without a state-issued I. D. from voting, eliminate same-day registration, cut early voting by a week, raise the cap on campaign contributions increasing the influence of money in our elections, prevent counties from extending voting hours because of long lines, and more.

Around the country talking heads and bloggers are chiming in on both sides.  Many support what's happening in the state, like the Wall Street Journal. (LINK: http://online.wsj.com/article/sb10001424127887324448104578615701537475998.html )  Editorial writer Stephen Moore,  like other writers, slams all the protests and battles over legislation that makes perfect sense to him.

 The New York Times (LINK:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/opinion/the-decline-of-north-carolina.html?_r=1& ) takes a swing from the other side in a scathing editorial slamming our General Assembly for cruel decisions causing grotesque damage to our state.

The damage to the state is yet to be seen.  However, the damage to Governor Pat McCrory's popularity is clear.  A recent poll by Public Policy Poling shows not only has his popularity dropped below 40%, his disapproval rate has risen sharply, and that's just in one month. (picture)

Whatever happens and whatever this means is up to you and me to decide individually.  Undoubtedly, the nation will continue watching and weighing in, and of course we want you to the same.

What's your take on our General Assembly's activity?  Are you proud or embarrassed?  Respond to the poll and take a minute to share your opinion.  We'd love to know your thoughts.

  • Web Poll

  • What's your take on our General Assembly's activity?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Proud!
    35%
    78 votes
    Embarrassed!
    63%
    139 votes
    Unsure
    2%
    5 votes
  • Embarrassed? Proud? The eyes of the nation are on North Carolina
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