I had planned to avoid politics this week because I’ve read enough to be sick of it. But newspapers — seemingly unaware that most people are sick of it, too — just can’t stop. There were a few stories that took a slightly different angle.
Charlotte: The Observer examines the impact of the election on HB2, and, sadly, suggests that HB2 will be here to stay, despite it likely being the cause of Gov. Pat McCrory’s election loss. (Yes, I know he’s holding out for the recount.) With a Trump appointed Department of Justice, it is doubtful that it will be as aggressive fighting the law in court as the Obama administration. And the General Assembly, safely gerrymandered into Republican control, certainly won’t do anything, despite millions of revenue losses.
Fayetteville: What will a Gov. Roy Cooper administration look like? The Observer peers into its crystal ball and guesses. Most insightful are the comments of former Gov. Jim Martin, who served during a time when the opposing party controlled the General Assembly. “The governor has leverage through job appointments and other powers, Martin said. ‘You find out what’s needed in their district and what we need. And yes, sometimes you do some horse-trading. But that would be true even if it was your own party.’ Any new governor should avoid picking a fight with the lawmakers, Martin said, because the legislature has more power than the governor does.”
Greensboro: I’m not sure how to succinctly describe this compelling story in the News & Record about the jumpsuit project. An African American grad student/teacher at UNCG is arrested and imprisoned for something he didn’t do. A judge throws out the conviction a year or so later. The teacher returns to UNCG and wears an orange jumpsuit every day as performance art to illustration injustice. “My mom was worried about my safety,” Roland said. “These days in this world, you don’t have to wear an orange suit being an African American male to get attention in the wrong way.” All you need to say.
High Point: I always hesitate to include the Enterprise as its stories are hidden by its paywall. This piece about the housing blight in the city being partly the cause of the inefficient and politicized code enforcement program is pretty good, though.