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Economist takes note of N.C.’s ‘Months of Mondays’

A London-based publication with a worldwide circulation, The Economist, is the latest major media outlet to take notice of the changes in North Carolina politics and society in the past year.

The latest edition of the weekly publication has an article with the headline “Months of Mondays.” The secondary headline reads, “Many Tarheels Dislike the Fruits of a Busy Legislative Session.”

The article notes how redistricting enabled Republicans to take control of both houses of the General Assembly in what The Economist calls “a quintessential swing state.”

GOP-adopted legislation, including cuts in unemployment benefits and changes in voter registration and election laws, also are noted in the article.

The story then documents how the Republican-backed legislation touched off a series of protests, called Moral Mondays, across the state.

The Economist dates back to 1843. According to analysts, the weekly publication favors traditionally liberal business policies such as free trade, nonrestrictive immigration laws and globalization.

North Carolina’s changed political picture also caught the attention of The New York Times in July, which published an opinion piece titled, “The Decline of North Carolina.” That item drew a rebuttal from Gov. Pat McCrory, who defended actions of the General Assembly.

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