Tuesday Twitter roundup

Here we go again:

The most likely scenario:

Sticking stubbornly to their pattern of recent years, GOP leaders opt for one last, lame duck supermajority fling. In addition to ramming through a restrictive voter ID law over strong objections and promised lawsuits from civil rights organizations, legislators push through several other new laws. Topping the list: yet another series of runs at remaking the state Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement (nee Board of Elections) as well as several other boards and commissions like the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Rural Infrastructure Authority for which courts have rejected past legislative overhauls. Other likely items on the agenda: bills to deal with economic development (i.e. corporate subsidies/giveaways), gubernatorial and legislative appointments, and some kind of additional hurricane relief.

I've seen that incentives thing mentioned by a few people already, so they probably do have something in the wings. And it probably revolves around the Legislature taking control of all the money used to attract businesses, because that's the way they roll.

Not ready to entertain any 2020 polls, especially not Civitas-created. But I do think it's funny they think Trump won't have a solid Primary opponent. I realize it's SOP for Presidents to run for (and usually win) 2nd terms, but Donnie is far from standard.

Good for them. It's important NC have a string showing, because that's where Farr is going to be passing judgment.

Of course, those orthidontured debutantes don't have to worry about being busted for minor infractions, so I'm sure they are comfortable around a cop. I know, that's unfair as hell, and he probably is a great guy. But a lot of them aren't, and a lot of African-American students are ushered into the criminal justice system by them.

Nice try, Dale. Josh is already working on that, thank you very much.

Unfortunately, they're getting pretty good at short and sour. We'll see.

A small percentage of overall killings, but the vast majority of mass shootings. Get it right, or shut the hell up.

Also, they didn't just stick with defending fossil fuels. The "think tanks" they created and continue to fund have spread their propaganda wings to everything from anti-tax fervor to the charter school crusade. But their various "issues" have one thing in common: They benefit the wealthy at the expense of everybody else.

STFU Andrew, you're out of your element:

Republicans put forward their first draft of a voter ID bill in North Carolina over the Thanksgiving holiday, and the outrage machine quickly cranked into action. How dare they not count private college IDs? Don’t know (sic) you know “free” IDs aren’t really free?

By any reasonable standard, the voter ID bill itself is as pliable as you might get. Even people who oppose voter ID in general tend to recognize that, and voters just overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment requiring the General Assembly to pass just such a bill.

That doesn’t mean its perfect. There are always issues with legislation like this.

But this is how the legislative process is supposed to work. The draft bill and even the first version filed are rough drafts, meant to be refined and improved as representatives on both sides of the aisle find holes in the legalese or examples where people might slip through the cracks.

First of all, edit your crap before flogging it around. Second, I don't know what Legislature you've been watching (if you actually have been), but it can't be ours. I can count on one finger the number of times Republican leaders have adopted changes or amendments from Democrats over the last 7 years, so you can toss that "both sides of the aisle" crap in file 13. Third, when you're dealing with petty tyrants like BergerMoore, public opinion is one of the only ways to block bad bills. That "outrage" you look down your nose at works, and has served to amend bad legislation before it even his committee.

All that was bad enough, but this nonsense takes the cake:

Sure, acting incredulous on Twitter or sending out a fundraising email is one way to voice your displeasure with a bill as it initially stands. It probably brings in more money for your cause. But using the club of online outrage only leads to worse outcomes.

This incentivizes elected officials to keep plans under wraps as long as possible and move them as quickly as they can. More errors make it through. That’s how you end up with constitutional amendment bills that misstate the name of the agency they wish to reform.

You are actually blaming online advocates for the unconstitutional behavior of elected officials. It doesn't get much more stupid than that, pal, and I've seen a lot of stupid in my years of watching NC political stuff.

Don't expect any fact-checking from local TV stations. WRAL does a good job of it, but the others? Nah. they're often worse than the National Enquirer.

That's a big, fat "No!" In case you were wondering what the gun-nuts are demanding this time:

Carrying Handgun. – Any person who is a citizen of the United States and is at least 18 years old may carry a handgun, openly or concealed, without a concealed handgun permit in this State unless provided otherwise by State law or by U. S. C §922 or any other federal law.

These guys are clueless. In one breath they berate people for worrying about concealed handguns, because people have to get extra training and scrutiny. And in the other breath they try to do away with that requirement. Inscrutable.

Switch "descriptive information" with "prejudicial propaganda," and you'll be right on the mark.

On that predictable note, here's your Onion:

I welcome the logical rule of our robot overlords.



Potentially huge development...

Joshua Malcolm is not prone to overreaction or conspiracy theories. If he says something's not right about this election, you can bank on it.