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.