Tillisberger's anti-Moral Monday rules challenged in court

In their continuing quest to arrest people who don't agree with them, the NC GOP rushed through rules changes that apply to the legislative building, just before the first Moral Monday of this session. They did this with no notice and no public input (sorry, we know that goes without saying, since they do most everything with no notice and no public input).

Now the NAACP is challenging those rules in court.

The state chapter of the NAACP and other protesters are seeking to overturn rules that limit demonstrations at the Legislative Building.

The group filed suit Wednesday seeking a restraining order that would prevent the General Assembly Police from enforcing rules that prohibit groups from making enough noise to interfere with conversation and allow officers to order people to leave the building if they think those people pose an "imminent threat" of a disturbance.

It's become difficult to keep track of all the lawsuits filed against Pat and the Tillisberger, although that's because it's difficult to keep track of all the unconstitutional laws they have passed.

The NAACP and protesters Douglas and Vicki Ryder, Stella Adams, Sylvia Barnes and O'Linda Gillis contend that the revised building rules are vague and violate both the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions.

Phil Berger, who hasn't told the truth in years, had this to say:

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Thursday that the updated rules were what allowed him to meet for a hour Monday night with a group of protesters to discuss education issues.

“For years, we’ve heard feedback that the 30-year-old building rules implemented by previous Democrat leaders were confusing and restrictive,” Berger said in a statement. “We responded to those concerns, and I am baffled why (state NAACP President) Rev. Barber is now trying to turn back the progress we made in increasing building access and free speech.”

No, Phil, the updated rules had nothing to do with "allowing" you to meet with your constituents. Meeting with constituents is what elected officials are supposed to do. Especially in their taxpayer-funded offices in a public building, which belongs to us, not to you.

And Rev. Barber is a very intelligent man. We don't think he'd sue you if you had actually improved things. At some point, Phil, you and Taylor Swift need to realize that maybe it's not them, maybe it's you.

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Capitol police need to get to work

The NAACP noted in a Thursday news release that lawmakers didn't define what constitutes a "disturbance" or an "imminent threat" when they hastily rewrote the rules for public access to the Legislative Building rules in May before the "Moral Monday" demonstrations resumed for a second year.

Much of what Tillis, Berger, Stam, Moffitt, Rucho, Apodaca, Hager, Lewis and the rest of the loons are doing in the legislative building is deeply disturbing and poses imminent threats to the well being of millions of North Carolinians.

Why haven't they been arrested?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Great comment

Nailed it.

Judge issues restraining order

That didn't take long. A Superior Court judge ruled that the new rules are too broad and can not be enforced.

"There was no measurable evidence there was any actual disruption," [plaintiffs' attorney] Holmes said of the protests.

Holmes also questioned the authority of the Legislative Services Commission, a panel of lawmakers that drafted the new rules. The rules aren't created by statute or under the Administrative Procedures Act, he said, and they exist only when legislative leaders choose to enforce them.

"It's a constitutional mess," he said, noting that top lawmakers were invoking powers of the executive branch to create the rules and use their own police force to enforce them. "These are unconstitutional rules promulgated by an unconstitutional entity."

The arrogant twisted thinking of the teabaggers becomes evident during arguments.

Special Deputy Attorney General Amar Majmunder said [plaintiffs'] argument was ludicrous, noting the General Assembly can make its own rules for the safe operation of its own building.

That's the root of the problem. It's not Tillis's building, or Berger's building. It's our building and we expect government of, by and for the people in our building.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Great decision

I wonder if the NCGA has set a record yet for the number of court challenges lost.

Calling the research department!