And at a one-eighty-degree remove from the Modrun GOP, per the American Prospect, “Moral Monday Movement Gears Up for Round Two“:
On Wednesday afternoon, the North Carolina legislature will open its 2014 session. It will be hard for the Republican majority to top last year’s performance, which shattered the final vestiges of the state’s 50-year reputation for moderate governance. With the help of newly elected GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, lawmakers in 2013 slashed both public education and unemployment benefits. They rejected an expansion of Medicaid, paid for almost entirely by the federal government, that would have covered at least 300,000 low-income North Carolinians. They cut corporate taxes and eliminated the earned-income credit for low-wage workers. And they rewrote the state’s election laws in a way that will make registration and voting harder, particularly for African-American, blue-collar, and younger voters.
They might have done this without attracting national attention if not for the emergence of a political counterweight: a coalition of clergy, health professionals, educators, and other activists who took over the marble rotunda of the legislative building in Raleigh on twelve Mondays during the session—holding hands, praying, singing “We Shall Not Be Moved”—to protest what they viewed as an assault on the state’s most vulnerable residents….
Now, with legislators returning—and all 170 seats up for grabs in November—Moral Monday organizers are getting ready for a more comprehensive and strategic Round Two.…
“We want to shine a bright light on the cruel and crazy stuff that this legislature has been doing and will no doubt continue to do,” says Duke University historian Tim Tyson, who was arrested during one of last year’s protests. “You don’t have to tell people this stuff is bad; all you need to do is tell them what is happening.”…
Apart from applauding our colleagues in North Carolina, what’s on the agenda for the day?