I went from living in a fairly liberal area to a single that is severely conservative.
I wasn’t used to seeing a county commission board block so several initiatives and building requests from anyone who wasn’t an ultra-rich insider.
I visited a county commission meeting for a story assignment while I was still entirely working at the local newspaper. It was supposed to be an uneventful meeting and for the most part it was. But I’ll never forget when this lady presented her plea to build a storage facility she planned to erect near the highway. She kept getting stopped by the county commissioners and obviously this was her fourth attempt at acquiescing to their demands just so she can get approval to start building. She was crying, saying how she was running out of money had done everything they asked. With a cold look on all of their faces, they rejected the women’s pleas for the fourth time. I honestly didn’t believe what I was seeing, this lady was sobbing as she left the room with her hubby and the commissioners were completely silent. When I heard they were in boiling water for illegally blocking cannabis dispensaries from offering home delivery to medical marijuana patients, I was relieved. The governor is a liberal and had received information from a whistleblower regarding the county’s attempts at preventing cannabis dispensaries from expanding into offering delivery services. After a back and forth fight, they eventually conceded. I was thrilled, both cheerful for the medical marijuana patients and relieved to see those monsters put in their place.