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On cowards and bullies and sleeping watchdogs

Commentary by Michael Weisel

Pat McCrory is trying to have it both ways and he seems to be getting away with a monstrous act of hypocrisy.

On May 24th, McCrory’s campaign lawyers filed a lawsuit against N.C. Citizens for Progress for making false statements about McCrory in a television ad. In the previous six days, McCrory’s lawyers filed an FCC complaint and relentlessly threatened TV stations to take down the ad or face litigation. McCrory was indignant. N.C. news outlets dutifully reported his indignation.

The same day, N.C. Citizens called McCrory’s bluff, filing a complaint in court asking that its ad be declared true and lawful. The bully McCrory went limp. His lawyers must have wet their pants when it dawned on them that McCrory would actually have to answer questions under oath about his business dealings.

So Team McCrory attempted to slither out of the lawsuit – to avoid putting the would-be governor under oath to answer questions.

The richest irony is that McCrory’s barristers this week accused N.C. Citizens for Progress of abusing the court system. This from the legal team who used lawsuits as a threat in the first place and then filed a lawsuit that Team McCrory used as a political tactic to discredit the ad?

To be clear, N.C. Citizens would never have gone to court had it not been for McCrory’s lawsuit.

None of this should be a surprise to N.C. journalists. If it sounds familiar, it’s because McCrory’s lawyers used this same intimidation tactic in 2008 - effectively.

This latest attempt at intimidation didn’t work on N.C. Citizens for Progress. But it must have worked on N.C. news media, which by and large have ignored this story. It’s not too late to set the record straight. Readers and viewers deserve it.

Our racist state

Right-wing extremists like to remind us that the Civil War ended more than 100 years ago, often claiming that black people have "had long enough" to shake off generations of slavery. It's time, they say, for blacks to compete on equal footing and to end any vestiges of affirmative action.

Now, thanks to the good work of The Center for American Progress, our response can be boiled down to a single damning fact:

On a per student basis, each white student receives about $334 more in district spending than each black student.

Hat tip to Progressive Pulse for digging up the story. More below the fold.

Richard Burr calls for Akin to step aside?

Even though Burr wants to institute the exact same prohibitions against abortion that Akin is proposing.

All these sanctimonious crocodile tears from Republicans like Richard Burr would be hilarious if they weren't so pathetic. Akin's only problem was his lack of judgment in telling the truth about what most Republicans today believe. Fortunately, no one gives a flip what Burr thinks about anything. Akin's in this race for good ... the new poster child for Republican extremism.


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