Originally posted on The Fifth Column:
Where are all the other moderates in the GOP? Is Colin Powell a lone voice in the wilderness that is now the Republican Party?
It’s been about 10 days since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) approved the most sweeping voter-suppression law seen in the United States in a generation, and as Rachel explained on the show last night, the consequences are already affecting students, most notably at historically black colleges.
But as North Carolina Republicans’ pernicious attacks on voting rights grow in notoriety, condemnations of these efforts are becoming more common. Today, for example, former Secretary of State Colin Powell was in North Carolina, where he criticized the state’s voting restrictions as bad for the public — and the Republican Party.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the…
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