Sunday, June 19, 2022

16 Secession-Nostalgic Republicans in NC General Assembly


Wendy Rogers

Shortly after the November election, Arizona state senator and fantasist Wendy Rogers started a movement of state lawmakers across the country to demand an election audit in all 50 states (precisely, a "forensic audit" of "a corrupted 2020 election"), decertifying "where necessary" the electoral vote in certain states, with a final override vote given to the US House of Reps. Rogers induced Republican state lawmakers across the country -- 186 of them -- to sign her public letter -- 16 of them in the NC House and Senate.

I'm trying hard not to stigmatize all Republicans who are voting for these kinds of folks, but it certainly seems that the majority approve of secessionary extremism, or at least yawn at it. Of the 16 Republicans who signed, one retired, two promoted themselves into Senate candidates, three went through primaries (successfully), one went down in his primary, and 13 of these personalities have no Democratic challenger, though six brave Democrats have stepped forward in districts so over-supplied with Republicans that a Democrat is considered a sacrificial lamb. 

Here's my issue. These would-be seceders from the Union mainly get a total pass, no Democrat to call them out for their Trumpist extremism, and certainly no one among the Republican majority willing to ask, "Why you sign that letter, Bubba?" It is an all-male congregation, after all.

16 Election Deniers in the NC General Assembly

NC House

Jay Adams, District 96. No Democratic opponent

Mike Clampitt, Dist. 119, vs. Democrat Al Platt (previously)

Edward Goodwin, Dist. 1. No Democratic opponent

Bobby Hanig, Dist. 6, jumped over into a Senate race (Dist. 3), ran unopposed and will be in the Senate. Democrat Kiara Johnson is running for the Hanig House seat against the winner of the Republican primary. District rated R+9

Kelly Hastings, Dist. 110. No Democratic opponent

Keith Kidwell, Dist. 79. Sailed through a Republican primary with over 83% of the vote. No Democratic opponent

Donnie Loftis, Dist. 109. Squeaked out a Republican primary win against three challengers, with only 33% of the vote. Versus Democrat Eric Hughes. Estimated Republican advantage +11

Jeff McNeely, Dist. 84, vs. Democrat September McCrady. R+16

Tim Moffitt, Dist. 117. Jumped over into Senate Dist. 48. Democrat Michael O'Shea is running for Moffitt's House seat. R+13

Larry Pittman, Dist. 83. Decided to retire. No Democrat running for the seat

Wayne Sasser, Dist. 67. No Democratic opponent

Mitchell Setzer, Dist 89. Won his Republican primary with 57% of the vote. No Democratic opponent

Harry Warren, Dist. 76. No Democratic opponent

Sam Watford, Dist. 80, vs. Democrat Dennis Miller. R+23 (Holy shit!)

NC Senate

Ted Alexander, Dist. 44. No Democratic opponent

Bob Steinberg, Dist. 1. Was beaten in the Republican primary. No Democrat is running for the seat



Wolf's Head said...

Secession would be fine by me, but it'll never happen.

Just think, all the conservatives move to red states.

All the lefties move to blue states.

Everyone one's neighbor would be of similar mindset; state governments can govern as their citizens want.

No more dragging folks through political fights over EVERYTHING. Each state becomes a laboratory for liberty or totalitarianism as its people desire.

But then all the rabble rousers, pundits and politicians wouldn't be getting all those millions by playing one side against the other.

Anonymous said...

Would the legislature or the popular vote determine the "color" of the state?

You can move to your "color" state already and self-secede.

Wolf's Head said...

Yes, you can move now, and many are.

Legislatures have proven themselves to be whores, popular vote is just mob rule.

I would suggest a minimal red state republican form of government with term limits, a ban on political parties, and public funding of campaigns for those candidates who can achieve a specified number of verified signatures on a petition for office.

I'd also limit the campaign season to three months to spare the public.

As for "color", the current convention is red for 'conservative' states and blue for 'liberal'.

If you want to do it on skin color, you'll have to talk to a democrat, they have the most experience in dividing folks by that.