Inside North Carolina's "Moral Monday" Movement

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July 24 2013 9:47 AM

Inside North Carolina's "Moral Monday" Movement

I spent most of Monday and Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., watching the Moral Monday protest movement surge into a closed North Carolina Statehouse and watching 90 members get arrested and processed. The story is here, but here's a second opinion. On the drive down, I talked to Republican strategist Marc Rotterman, who nicely channeled his party's dismissiveness.

"It's a fun time for a lot of people who want to relive the '60s," he said, "but it's not having any impact on the legislature."

This was a diss that rang true. The protests haven't actually gotten the legislature to back off on bills—I'll have more today if, as expected, they push through voter ID. And a great number of the people watching and getting arrested are septuagenarians who remembered marching or spending the night in jail in the King years.

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But that's all in the piece, which covers enough ground to almost be a longread, I think.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics