Charlotte will miss an opportunity if it doesn’t use the redrawing of the state line to put itself into South Carolina.
The Queen City would fit more happily in South Carolina than in North Carolina.
South Carolina rules with a gentle hand compared to North Carolina, letting cities adopt local ordinances without being overruled. So, in South Carolina, Charlotte would be allowed to protect residents from discrimination.
Charlotte would be allowed to keep its airport.
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Its businesses would not be threatened with retaliation if they criticized the state legislature and governor.
PayPal could resume its plan to invest in the city; Red Ventures wouldn’t consider leaving. The NBA could hold its All Star game in Charlotte as planned. Performers and conventions could go on as before.
Adding a city of Charlotte’s significance would represent a terrific windfall for South Carolina.
Most N.C. legislators give the strong impression that they just don’t like Charlotte. So maybe they’d be happy to get rid of it.
Would they? Doubtful, of course. No one is dumb enough to throw away a golden goose ...
... unless they calculate how much more Republican North Carolina would be without the deeply blue city of 830,000. It would be hard for Democrats to elect anyone to statewide office or to hope to regain control of the legislature without Charlotte.
So, because North Carolina’s current leaders put partisan politics ahead of anything else, they just might be willing to draw Charlotte into South Carolina.
Now, how close is Greensboro to the Virginia line?