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Veto the anti-abortion bill, Bev

And any other piece of legislation that has idiotic language like this:

The physician or qualified professional has informed the woman, either by telephone or in person, of each of the following at least 24 hours before the abortion:

c. That the father is liable to assist in the support of the child, even if the father has offered to pay for the abortion.

Seriously? You want a doctor to give his patient legal advice that should be coming from an attorney? Who the hell is writing this crap?

New PPP poll: GOP losing Independents

Going against the wishes of the people has consequences:

Only 33% of voters have a favorable opinion of the Republicans in the General Assembly to 46% with an unfavorable one. That -13 favorability spread reflects a 7 point decline from already poor numbers a month ago when it was -6 at 36/42. Independents fueled the GOP gaining the majority last year but they have now turned sharply against the party, giving it a 28/48 breakdown.

Republicans pulled a fast one last night

When Republicans announced the Veto override vote would be Wednesday, were they already planning to do it right after the stroke of midnight? Via Twitter:

binker 6:59pm via HootSuite #ncga House Speaker Tillis says that a 12:01 a.m. session to over-ride the @ncgovoffice budget veto is possible. Will let us know by 9 p.m.

And my next question is, was the Party of Five aware of this deceitful little trick? If they weren't, they need to recognize this stunt for what it is: Straight-up dishonesty. As such, these five Democrats, and maybe a few honest Republicans to boot, should reverse their votes. A Budget that requires trickery to get passed is, by its very nature, something that demands another look. A long look.

The Puppetmaster turns over a new (Golden) Leaf

Gaining control over state government grants:

Major Republican donor Art Pope has been tapped to serve on the Golden LEAF Foundation board of directors.

Pope, a Raleigh businessman and former state lawmakers, was appointed by Senate president Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. The decision didn’t require legislative approval.

How could that not require legislative approval?

Bipartisan effort to stop Titan Cement's air quality permit

If the GOP can abuse the word, so can I:

Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-Pender, is making a last-minute attempt to delay the issuance of state air quality permits for Titan America by amending a bill with language that would accomplish that.

While her reason for doing this may seem rather Republicanish, she actually makes a good point:

Governor Perdue Vetoes "ideologically driven Budget"

Doing the only responsible thing she could:

This budget will result in generational damage. It tears at the very fibers that make North Carolina strong – not only our schools, but also our communities, our environment, our public safety system and our ability to care for those who need us most.

The General Assembly may be satisfied with a state in reverse, but I am not. Therefore, I veto this bill.

Thank you, Bev. Whether they override or not, it was the right thing to do.

Amidst crushing deficit, Tillis lavishes staff with huge raises

Apparently "living within our means" is a subjective term:

House Speaker Thom Tillis in the last few months handed out raises as high as 27 percent to half his staff after vowing in January to set an example for others in state government by cutting his office payroll.

I expect Tillis et al will have a hard time justifying these excesses in the days to come. But today, we're going to take a little side-trip and look at two men: One, a relatively seasoned investigative journalist, and the other a propagandist Pope puppet:

Rep. Mike Stone misleads media and the public

Bitching about a letter he never received:

Earlier that day, Stone came to the class and asked the teacher for his daughter’s letter, Williams said. “I think this whole thing took legs when Representative Stone released his daughter’s letter,” Williams said.

Bolding mine. That's right, this "letter" was never mailed, Stone went to the school and took it. And then he proceeded to put on a dog and letter show, not once clarifying that the letter was never sent to him:

NC's anti-abortion bill scrutinized

Mother Jones pokes under this rock of a bill:

What's more interesting is what North Carolina's bill doesn't say. For example, it doesn't make any distinctions for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest. So a 16-year-old girl who's been impregnated by her stepfather would have to go through the same waiting period, and hear the same information about adoption, as any other woman. (Note: the bill defines "woman" as "a female human, whether or not she is an adult")

Hat-tip to underwoodchamp for the sweet Tweet.

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