Bob Geary Lays It Bare

I confess to being a fan of Bob Geary, ace reporter and writer for the Independent Weekly here in the Triangle. He gets to the bottom of political bullshit better than anyone I've read in North Carolina, and his most recent article called The Vanishing Voter is an awesome piece of work. While the article pummels Pope and blasts Black for their sleazeball practices, it goes a big step farther and teases apart the sad state of North Carolina electoral politics in general.

I especially appreciate his zeroing in on a handful of specific problems, that are quite simply depressing. For example, the first section of the article wraps up this way:

Problem #1: The two parties whack up the districts between them in the redistricting process, eliminating the voters. Solution: Create a nonpartisan commission to apportion districts and generate more competitive elections. Consider some multi-member districts, with proportional representation. This session: no action.

The article goes on to cover third parties, general fundraising, corporate money, public financing and more, with special sidebars on Pope and Black. This piece should be required reading for anyone who cares at all about democracy in North Carolina.

Be sure to send Bob Geary a note or add a comment here to express your appreciation. I think he stops by BlueNC every now and then.

Comments

Hi Bob...

I don't get your publication and every time I try to visit online the pages won't load. I'm going to take A's word for it. If anyone can help me figure out why my machine won't load the Indy, that'd be nice. Too tired tonight. I'll check back in the morning.


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No need to confess to being a Geary fan

Geary has made himself the most recognized columnist in the area because he is unafraid to actually dig into the facts and draw logical conclusions. Even though I do not always agree, I have to respect his writing.

Couldn't put it down

Once I got started reading this, I couldn't stop. It's got great references & quotes, relevant facts, juicy anecdotes, and the ideas cast an eye to a sunny future when these recommendations get more traction.

Everbody should read this.

The Independent or Mother Jones?

I love Mother Jones.


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Hell Raiser

Me? A Hell raiser?

Naah...I just like to stir the pot. :)


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The Indy article. I started

The Indy article. I started on the way home after work the other day ( I ride the bus) and my eyes never left the page. I like worthy quotes, stories within stories, and inspiration.

There's hope for better days, let's do it.

where you live?

just curious what town.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I miss the Independent!

Thanks for posting this Anglico. Not being in NC during all this, I needed the background and new information this article provides. As we approach power again here in DC.............HOW we govern is more important now than ever. I hope NC Democrats remedy this situation..................fast!

Still hard to believe...

you are in Atlanta.

I have an Indy box on my way to work and it brightens my day when I notice a new front page in the window.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me