As I was browsing the News stories at Lucianne.com I came across this LA Times story. North Carolina lawmakers approve sweeping voter ID bill, by David Zucchino.
When I clicked on the link to the full story I did a double take at the byline. Not Raleigh-Durham. Not Charlotte. Not any of the communities where one might expect to find a lot of the poor, elderly and black voters Zucchino seems to be so concerned about becoming disenfranchised by the requirements in this law that one needs to have a state issued ID card in order to vote. No, this article is bylined Maggie Valley, NC. Now Maggie Valley certainly sounds like to could be a shabby rural community where one might find poor, elderly black people to outsiders, but then Cape Cod also sounds like it could be a smelly little fishing village, Maggie Valley, a community in Haywood county, is a popular resting place for the wealthy Florida hummingbirds who flock to luxury mountain cabins across the region from April through October. There are a lot of elderly in Maggie Valley right now, but as most seem to be driving late model hybrids with Florida license plates, I doubt this new NC law will effect many of them.
Some of the full time residents of Maggie Valley aren't prospering, to be sure. But I've been going to Haywood county to church and to shop every week for ten years now and except for one family at my church I am hard pressed to recall seeing any black people during that entire time. With the exception of the Cherokee reservation down in Swain County, the entire western mountain region in North Carolina is whiter than a breast of turkey sandwich with mayo on Wonder bread. Yet this article goes on and on about how the new law will hurt black voters. How exactly does Zucchino know this as he couldn't possibly have talked to many poor black people in Maggie Valley?