In a conversation I had with Rep. Susan Fisher at a Blue Ridge Pride event, she agreed that the contraception funding buck can only stop at [the] city hall [level] because it cannot stop in Raleigh or Washington, D.C. The reason for that is because Fisher, Nesbitt and Gantt are answerable to culturally conservative ex-urban voters here in Leicester, as is the Soil and Water Conservation District, where Rep. Heath Shuler is answerable to rural conservative voters outside Murphy. ...
City Council is not answerable to any rural voters at all, and that is the key reason why only City Council is in a position to significantly (over 3 percent of the budget) fund contraception for the environment, the economy, women's health, school taxes, juvenile crime, traffic jams, quality of life, parks or anything else.
So that only leaves City Council as the last hope for planet Earth. However, the Big Sort will make it easier for city hall over time(see www.thebigsort.com/maps.php).
— Alan Ditmore