The morning after the morning after

WRAL reports that neither Democrats nor Republicans think that Thom Tillis' Midnight Madness will be much of an issue in November. The source of the Democratic lament is none other than David Parker, who, unbelievably, blew his shot at re-setting the agenda:

State Democratic Party chairman David Parker isn't sure voters will care much about the process question, either, since it happened so fast that no one knew what was going on.

Pardon my French, but what a bunch of horseshit. The proper response to Laura Leslie's question would have been:

State Democratic Party chairman David Parker guarantees voters will care about the issue. "It's not a matter of process, it's a matter of ethics and the rule of law. The Republican leadership lied to North Carolina citizens and broke the law in the dark of night. I promise you, this outrageous assault on our state's teachers will be front and center in voters' minds in November."

You might want to get your act together, Mr. Parker. Like yesterday.


Meanwhile, the state's editorial writers have not been kind to the Republican lawbreakers.

  • Disgraceful GOP Show in Raleigh -- Maneuvering to hijack a special session of the General Assembly and put it to purposes for which it wasn’t intended? Secretly plotting among your partisan colleagues to hold a 1 a.m. vote — of which at least some legislators from the other party are unaware? Making sure that the legislation in question, which prevents state employees from having union dues withheld from their paychecks, applies only to a union you happen to hate because it tends to oppose you politically, and not to other unions? Such underhanded tactics dishonor the government of North Carolina. But they appear to have become business-as-usual for the Republicans now occupying the driver’s seat in Raleigh.
  • A midnight madness we should do without -- The whole affair should be "a learning experience," Tillis said. It's a learning experience, all right. The voters of North Carolina have learned a lot about how underhanded this particular crop of legislative leaders can be, and that they scoff at the notion of transparency.
  • Fright night -- Well, you've got to give them this. They are not easily embarrassed. -- North Carolina would be better off if state House Republicans were, but they're not, so we have regrettable occurrences such as the "session" Wednesday, which stretched into the early morning hours Thursday and ended with the override of a vindictive bill that Gov. Beverly Perdue properly had vetoed. The bill will strip teachers of the right to have their dues for membership in the N.C. Association of Educators automatically withdrawn from their paychecks. The objective was transparent: Teachers have criticized Republican-led cuts in education and supported many Democratic candidates, so the GOP leadership wanted to slap them around a little.


I'm really stunned

that anyone is looking this Midnight Madness gift horse in the mouth. If Democrats can't build an entire campaign around this secretive assault on teachers, this unconstitutional power grab, then it's hard to see what they can build a campaign around.

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There is a connection between the House’s midnight vote on NCAE dues and the Indiana/New Hampshire rush to vote on Right to Work?

Is there some Wizard of Oz somewhere that’s handing out brownie points to those who “get there first?”

There is a wizard. His name is ALEC.

You got that right

I'm a little miffed with NPR. I think it was their "Nation" program yesterday, but they spent an hour talking about all the new state laws going into effect nationwide, mostly coming from Republican legislatures, and I didn't hear one word about ALEC.

Another prime example of media ignoring corporate influence over public policy.

Talk of the Nation

"Talk of the Nation" had a discussion and call-in (as they usually do) about the new laws, and you're right - no mention of ALEC at all. I was in my car, driving, and I don't use the phone then. But I did my fair share of yelling at the radio. Does that count?

That's the one

And it's the same for me; I usually don't use the phone behind the wheel, especially when I'm driving a company vehicle.

And I also talk (sometimes loudly) to the people on the radio. Somebody has to straighten them out! :)