The nation is watching NC's slide backwards

Front page of the New York Times:

The Republicans not only cut taxes and business regulations, as many had expected, but also allowed stricter regulations on abortion clinics, ended teacher tenure, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, cut unemployment benefits, removed obstacles to the death penalty, allowed concealed guns in bars and restaurants, and mandated the teaching of cursive writing. In an interview, Mr. McCrory said that critics had obscured what he called a pragmatic and fiscally responsible agenda. “It’s a combination of people on the two extremes wanting to bring up and exaggerate controversial issues,” he said, adding that he had pushed back against earlier versions of the abortion and tax bills, and was planning to veto other bills this week.

It will be interesting to see if he follows through on the Veto "plan", and which insubstantial bills will be the sacrificial possums. More on these alleged Vetoes from the Washington Post:

In the case of the abortion law, McCrory actually threatened to veto the bill, having pledged in his 2012 campaign not to sign into law any further abortion restrictions. The legislature eventually changed the legislation to give the state health secretary the ability to write the new rules – with specific guidance.

In the end, McCrory embraced both bills whole-heartedly and said they were the right thing to do. But McCrory allies say the governor would rather he didn’t have to deal with them.

“There have certainly been issues sent Gov. McCrory’s way that are not part of his agenda, and in some cases he has outright disagreed with policies that he worked to reshape and in some cases will veto,” said one ally, granted anonymity to offer a candid assessment.

The aide said McCrory “isn’t afraid of drawing fire from the left and the right.”

That's a crock. Any public disagreements between McCrory and Republican leaders in the Legislature will be agreed upon ahead of time and carefully choreographed to limit personal injury, like a professional wrestling match without the biceps.


Meaningless veto bets

My money is on the judicial discipline bill. That bill (House Bill 652) split Republicans in the House and Senate.

NC Chief Justice Sarah Parker (she can't retire soon enough) is a DINO from Charlotte that knows McCrory well and wrote a letter opposing the bill.

He'll throw that veto out to try to look like he has a spine.

It'll be interesting to see which mainstream media outlets that report on this meaningless veto also report on the bill's history.

The media outlets that portray him as having a backbone by vetoing this bill are the ones that will show themselves to be most clueless.

So far, just Laura Leslie (natch) has done the only worthwhile reporting on this bill.


The final verdict isn't in, but...

...I think you called it (at least in the spirit of things). McCrony picked a couple bills to veto, all pre-arranged with Tillisberger. Driving while brown remains legal, at least for the time being; and not everyone will have to pee in a cup (although the entire NCGOP should have to do so because they clearly have ingested mass quantities of illegal substances).

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Pope in a cup

Pope probably didn't want the "peeing in a cup" law. Remember that his little retail empire is based on low and fixed income customers who have to shop cheap.

Wouldn't want to put a crimp on the number of welfare recipients that might cut into sales, you know.

Art the...

...wealth redistributor. From taxpayers to his pocket. While yelling about small government and ending entitlement programs.

You'd think the bags under his eyes would be more pronounced, because it's hard to fathom how he can sleep at night.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

It's easy to sleep...

... well when you have no soul.

Backwards? More like into the Dark Ages..

Down here in Lizard Lick, the good ole boy meth dealers are claiming that the Repubs have push NC 700 years back into a civilzation where the moon does not shine on their as#holes anymore..

False Equivalencies

Poor Governor McCrory, glad handing in Charlotte where local elected Democrats helped to create his successful aura, must seem like a much better gig these days. But the Governor's characterization of being caught between extremes is just a tad too coy (and risible). He had ample opportunities to step in and provide leadership and stop the worst abuses foisted on us by the radical extremists of the GOP and he chose not only silence during the debates but to actually "sign on" to controversial legislation that didn't even need his signature to become law. He picked his side. To say that this is a case of the extremes on both sides is patently false. The GOP's agenda is SO egregious that even moderate Republicans and those who voted for McCrory have buyer's remorse. These policies aren't engendering disputes from both extremes....these policies have created a strong new "middle ground"....with people from all sections of the state and its demographics united in opposition to the GOP's radical, extreme and truly unAmerican agenda. North Carolina was gerrymandered so that a minority of votes cast for the GOP resulted in a 64% representation in the state legislature. THAT worked so well they're on to voter hijinks 2.0. It will signal a return to decency when these folks are defeated on their own gerrymandered turf in 2014.....with votes from across the political spectrum.

Oh, look

Here he is caught between "the extremes".

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

You shouldn't be too hard on Pat ...

... it's obvious from his public statements that he finds all this Governator stuff very confusing. The Republicans look and sound like he does, so he can understand them a little better.

Seriously, though, I expect to hear any day that Gov. McPope is calling in a national level GOP public relations consultant or that Koch Bro, Inc is throwing money at billboards and tv ads to improve his image or help NC voters "understand" the legislative agenda.

Then again, if Art Pope's takeover of the legislature and the governor's mansion turns out to be a flop, with just a few inroads made on their gains in the next election by Democrats, the Koch's might get disenchanted with Variety Wholesaler Droopy and kick him out of the exclusive little retreats. It's all about investments and profits, you know, and if you're not generating a return and a real drag on quarterly goals, you can kiss your little relationship goodbye.

You're right, as usual

Pat just called me up and said, "Hey, it's all good! Wanna play catch?"

Koch/ALEC look for the most fertile grounds. Lately it's been Wisconsin, Virginia, North Dakota and of course old reliable Texas, with North Carolina being the new experimental ground/poster child (see how far we can go/how much we can get away with).

It appears that they are getting pretty conclusive results of their experiment. Pat will be left to twist in the wind (as if they ever cared about him anyway) and they'll move on to somewhere else.

It will then be our job to stand up with the people of those other states (the hardest part for me will be to keep from laughing when Art Pope is denied unemployment benefits, but I'll try my darndest).

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

National embarrassment

Maddow absolutely reamed McCrony tonight. Placed the inexorable backward march squarely on his shoulders. She told the truth about the NC GOP stealing elections by denying people their right to vote.

She really stuck it to Pat (who deserved it). If it's possible for his ratings to go even lower, they will now.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis