Stirring the tea leaves on November:
— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) July 3, 2018
Sometimes a "controlled burn" gets out of hand:
One obvious missing element for those who would mobilize is the lack of a central, tangible and nonpartisan objective. Sure, it’s good to be against and respond as quickly as possible to the long and destructive list of policies that Trump and state legislative leaders have advanced in Washington and Raleigh, but it’s also extremely difficult. The proposals are numerous, ever-changing, frequently buried in a haze of confusing procedural votes, and often go from back of the envelope to law in just days.
Partisan political activity in an off-year election that lacks any high-profile statewide races can be similarly challenging.
What the GOP leaders may have not thought completely through, however, is that the effort to rewrite the state constitution may actually provide the anti-Trump forces with just the organizing tool they need. Think about it: what could be more of a Trumpian threat to democracy than to send six ill-conceived, power-grabbing constitutional amendments to the state ballot in just a few days with virtually no public input?
And make no mistake: that is precisely the reality that confronts the state after last week’s spasm of amendment writing.
With all the individual Legislative and Congressional seats in play, it may be difficult to drum up the money for a state-wide "No!" campaign. But that may be the most important investment we could make.
On Friday, 40 employees at the Department of Public Instruction were laid off, many of whom work with low-performing schools. The layoffs help meet a $5.1 million budget cut. https://t.co/JsZNO1cFby #nced #ncpol #ncga
— PublicSchoolsFirstNC (@PS1NC) July 2, 2018
Already posted about this a few days ago, but I wanted to post this picture just so I could add the caption "Derp." He's usually such a happy little idiot...
— Dennis Draughon (@DennisDraughon) July 2, 2018
Dennis Draughon just might be a genius...
#ncga wants a governor who'll just cut ribbons and tell you to be careful during natural disasters. Voters get to decide on that, but the ballot question is deliberately vague. My column: https://t.co/7YXpT5AQLQ #ncpol
— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) July 2, 2018
Gerry Cohen has a somewhat different take:
SL 2016-109 directs Constitutional Amendments Publication Comm to prepare by Aug 21 a caption to appear ON THE BALLOT for each amendment. “Caption” in legislative vernacular is a “short title” House Rule 31(d) caption is “brief descriptive statement of the true substance” /1 pic.twitter.com/MBcW5pxkik
— Gerry Cohen (@gercohen) June 29, 2018
But I'm still (deeply) concerned because the bill itself calls for specific language:
The question to be used in the voting systems and ballots shall be:
"[ ] FOR
[ ] AGAINST
Constitutional amendment to establish a bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections to administer ethics and election laws, to clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches, and to prohibit legislators from serving on boards and commissions exercising executive or judicial authority."
That's actually three amendments in one, right there. An omnibus attack on the Constitution. Every Republican who voted for that mess should be deeply ashamed.
Now that the short session is officially over, let's give a BIG shout-out to the three NCNA members serving in the #NCGA. Thanks for everything you do to lead #NursingForward® in North Carolina! #ncpol
L-R: @donna4nchouse, @galeadcock, & @CunninghamNCRep pic.twitter.com/pCG3SOEIm5
— NC Nurses Assoc. (@NCNA) July 2, 2018
And, as you can see, Beverly Boswell is not in that picture. Because she's not a nurse. And she will no longer be a Representative come January, either...
Will you protect NC from the @Potus's dangerous trade war or will you continue to be mouthpiece for the Trump administration. The @USChamber and others who believe that tariffs are #TheWrongApproach and place jobs at risk.#ncpol#ncgahttps://t.co/13B4FAmk0r pic.twitter.com/pq32Ujxbuy
— Jeff King (@JeffKing) July 2, 2018
Don't hold your breath. Moore doesn't give two shits about trade policy hurting our exports, or anything else outside his tiny little self-interest bubble.
— A.P. Dillon (@APDillon_) July 2, 2018
Lol! Yeah, when it comes to Donald Trump, who took office at the same time Roy Cooper did, all economic gains are his credit. But a Democrat? No, that credit is back-dated to before he took over. That tune is more tired than Stairway To Heaven...
Hated @NC_Governor Roy Cooper takes down and has refused to explain why he has had a statue honarying rescue dogs removed or even reveal what has become of the statue. Why @RoyCooperNC, Who hates Dogs?? #NCnews #NCpol #NCga #NC https://t.co/6acnrn8owd
— NC Zero (@NC_Zero) July 3, 2018
Honarying? That's not a typo, that's a braino...
Over the years, more and more Americans have begun looking to the government as their source of rights. When someone has this perspective, meltdowns over SCOTUS nominees and elections are inevitable. #ncpol #ncga #IndependenceDay2018 https://t.co/xtNbPWUVGI
— Civitas Institute (@NCCivitas) July 3, 2018
A lot of jibber-jabber in there about protecting ourselves from tyrants, but (of course) not a word about the current tyrant inhabiting the White House. Understand, the Declaration of Independence is a statement of principles. Had we stopped there and not established the Constitution and the subsequent Amendments to such, our nation would never have survived as anything more than a collection of city-states, which likely would have been re-conquered piecemeal until there was nothing left. Of course the government is our source of rights, because our government is "us." Without it, we would be helpless against not only foreign domination but also our own darkest natures of greed and lust for control over our fellow citizens.
On that obvious note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 2, 2018
"Oh, you think this is hot, you should try paddling a canoe in a Louisiana bayou in early August. Now that's hot."