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.


Contact the Party of Five

Via e-mail from YDNC:

According to WRAL, the NCGA could vote to override the Governor's Veto as soon as 12:01 AM tonight.

This is our last chance to contact the five Democratic Representatives who voted for the Republican budget. Ask them, respectfully but firmly, to stand with North Carolina’s future and sustain Gov. Perdue's veto.

Rep. William D. Brisson - 919-733-5772 -
Rep. James W. Crawford - 919-733-5824 -
Rep. Dewey L. Hill - 919-733-5830 -
Rep. Bill Owens - 919-733-0010 -
Rep. Timothy L. Spear - 919-715-3029 -

Under cover of darkness

So the Radical Republicans and their agenda cannot stand the light of day. They have to hold their override vote under cover of darkness.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Dodging the teachers

Governor Perdue's Veto was overridden by a 73/46 vote, making the NCAE's teacher lobbying day today an exercise in futile frustration.

Par for the course for the unethical GOP.

The Gang of Five scrutiny

Hey, all:

Has any media put a microphone or notebook under the noses of the five Dems who sold out the rest of us? If you have links to any comments from them, can you post them? I don't remember ever seeing a quote from any media asking them for their reasons or for a response. There may be many stories done, but I just don't have those.

Any help is appreciated



Here's a piece from last night,

via Laura Leslie over at WRAL:

Rep. Bill Owens’s wish list included $15 million toward the construction of the mid-Currituck bridge. The span would offer another connection between the coast and the Outer Banks, driving extra tourist traffic through the rural county.

In addition, Owens got a local ferry exempted from proposed tolls, and he was also appointed to the conference committee on a bill to allow jetties on the coast – a prospect environmentalists oppose.

Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus, persuaded GOP leaders to put $2 million back into the Tobacco Trust Fund, which had been emptied out completely in an earlier version of the budget.

In 2010, the Tobacco Trust Fund issued a $150,000 grant to Columbus county to finish the “Riverwalk” pedestrian project on the Lumber River.

The other three members of the “Party of 5” - Rep. Jim Crawford, D-Granville, Rep. Bill Brisson, D-Bladen, and Rep. Tim Spear, D-Chowan – did not respond to requests for comment. But Crawford has reportedly been negotiating for an Appropriations chairmanship in 2012, Spear wanted the proposed tolls removed from the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry (they were), and Rep. Brisson may have averted the likely closure of the Bladen Correction Center, though there's no guarantee written into the final document.

That's more than I usually quote from an article, but hopefully Laura will forgive me.

Oh, so it was blackmail

or greased palms at the very least. Will Democrats in these counties hold their feet to the fire now?

Some may

I've seen several Tweets calling for them to be Primaried, but I don't know how many of those came from actual constituents of the Five.