North Carolina has traditionally been, politically speaking, the most moderate of the Southern states. In recent months, however, the state’s legislature has taken a sharp turn to the right as Republicans won both houses and began to enact a right-wing wish list, including tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy and scaling back access to unemployment benefits, Medicaid and even basic voting rights.
North Carolinians are fighting back—in April, the Moral Mondays movement began as a means to dramatize and publicize the drastic affects of decisions made in state politics. The Nation’s Ari Berman is featured in this short Bill Moyers documentary discussing the latest developments in North Carolina’s politics. Read his latest here.