The fallout from House Bill 2, with its usurpation of local powers and its codification of discrimination, is broad and ongoing. But one aspect of this legislative disaster remains mysterious and unexplored: How did a bill packed with so many profoundly divisive provisions get swept through the legislature in a one-day special session and signed into law within hours of its passage?
It’s impressive that Donald Trump could bring out 10,000 people in Fayetteville on Wednesday night. And it’s remarkable that the once-marginal Bernie Sanders drew an overflow crowd of several thousand at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium on Friday afternoon.
The North Carolina Consumers Council is a group of 10 employees working out of an office off Glenwood Avenue near the Beltline in Raleigh. Until last week, I’d never heard of them, but then the low-profile council saw its name go up in lights. Headlights, actually.