University of North Carolina political scientist, who had helped devise a formula for measuring the vitality of democracies, wrote a newspaper column claiming his state’s restrictions on voting and its unwillingness to follow established rules “means our state government can no longer be classified as a full democracy.”
Reynolds’ column was widely shared and reprinted by several national outlets, mostly but not exclusively liberal. He received some pushback. But the North Carolina legislature seems to be on a mission to prove him right.
Immediately after last November’s election, in which Democrat Roy Cooper unseated GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, the Republican-controlled legislature used a lame-duck session to strip the governor’s office of a number of key powers, including authority over some appointments. That effort has been held up in court
FBI Director James Comey detailed a series of interactions with Donald Trump in which he says the president left him feeling uncomfortable and “concerned,” pressed him for “loyalty,” pushed him to clear the president’s name and drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In December 2016, Great America PAC announced the formation of a new offshoot called the Great America Alliance, which it described as a research and issue advocacy organization whose mission was to support the “Trump Agenda”
Trump’s budget, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” slashes spending in almost every department except defense. While it has no chance of passing, health experts caution that it shouldn’t be written off because it will still influence Congressional Republicans’ spending bills.