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.
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