When these ideas were floating around the General Assembly this spring, I had a chance to ask House Speaker Thom Tillis about the issue of early voting and what changes he would support. Here’s what he had to say in that April 9th interview.
“I think that as long as we do not really restrict the number of days,” Tillis said. “There are some inconsistencies around counties, but I think that early voting is a good thing. In my election, I won before election day in early voting."
Well, if you prove yourself a liar on this issue, you can expect to lose long before the Primary votes are even cast. The two-faced man continues:
20 million—amount in dollars of the potential cost of a comprehensive voter ID program in North Carolina. (“The Facts About Voter ID,” Democracy North Carolina, and the Institute of Southern Studies)
16.9 million—amount in dollars that Missouri officials estimated it would cost for outreach efforts about Voter ID laws to avoid voter confusion and make sure legitimate voters aren’t turned away at the polls. (Ibid)
1 million—amount in dollars this year’s final budget allocates for costs associated with the new proposed voter ID law in North Carolina (“Some of this year’s biggest political stories resolved in the state budget,” WRAL-TV, July 21, 2013)
This is one of the more frustrating issues (for me) in the realm of political debate. There are no good reasons to do this, and many good reasons to not do this, but the propagandists on the right have done their job well on this one. Which I tried to explain here:
In a dizzying sequence of events, the General Assembly on Thursday created a new airport authority to run the airport, saw the city persuade a judge to block it, and then watched the sudden departure of the longtime aviation director, Jerry Orr. “It’s all very unfortunate,” says Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan. “The city and state need to be together. That is the face we present to the rest of the world from an economic development perspective.”
Republicans aren't interested in compromise, they're only interested in exerting as much power as is possible, regardless of the outcomes. Why? Because the more power you have, the more money you can squeeze from groups like the Chamber of Commerce. You breathed life into this monster, and big business is the only entity that can snuff out that life by closing their checkbooks. And you can start by cutting off the funding for these bazooka-toting tyrants:
Protest petitions most often are filed by neighbors of controversial developments that require a change in zoning. If enough people sign the formal protest, the rezoning requires more municipal board votes to proceed. To take effect, a protest petition requires the signatures of people who own at least 5 percent of a 100-foot buffer around the proposed development. Then the project requires approval of three quarters of the local board. In Cary, for example, that would be six of seven town council votes.
The Republicans' attack on protest petitions represents a huge, gaping pothole in their claim as defender of personal property rights. The zoning issue is not unlike eminent domain. Property may not be taken away, but property values (very often) are, and the property owners deserve a seat at the table. And as far as this complaint:
Asked what he thought Berger’s motivation was in appointing him to the board, Luddy said, “I think he wanted to find out what was going on over there and that I should keep the Senate informed.”
"He was able to provide a straightforward perspective on the leadership and decision-making process at the Rural Center and helped bring to light a number of issues that have been and continue to be of concern to many," Berger said.
Methinks the conversation around the board's water cooler (I don't know if they have a water cooler or not) might be a little stilted when Bob comes around, especially considering his back-channel intel has shut off funding for said board. It's also extremely ironic that this taxpayer "watchdog" is doing his level best to siphon away taxpayer dollars for his private school industry:
Arapahoe Charter School currently serves students in grades K-9, but director Tom McCarthy wants his school to serve students through the 12th grade, even though the local school district presented a report to the State Board of Education detailing how Arapahoe’s expansion would destroy their lone public high school. Glazier also pointed to the fact that the bill undermines the State Board of Education’s ability to deal with cases in which a charter school’s expansion would negatively impact a local school district. “Charter schools are not supposed to be in conflict with public schools, they are supposed to be a part of public schools,” said Glazier.
Supposition is the result of people concealing their true intent with misleading language. You seldom get what you pay for when that happens, and sometimes you get the exact opposite:
As the N.C. House debated a sweeping tax bill and a contentious gun resolution Wednesday, Speaker Thom Tillis spent the day raising money in Washington for his U.S. Senate bid.
The Cornelius Republican attended at fundraiser at 11 a.m., the same time session started, hosted by two lobbyists at the offices of the National Association of Wholesale-Distributors, according to an invite. The meet-and-greet invite included information about donations up to the maximum limit of $2,600.
Common sense would dictate that shirking your responsibilities for the job you already have would be kind of a no-no when you're planning to ask for a new and more important job. But this is politics, which has very little to do with common sense.
Whereas, in the past, reasons offered in support of these infringements such as registering guns, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, and restricting concealed carry permits have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety; Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
SECTION 1. The House of Representatives expresses support of the constitutional right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms and opposes any infringement by the federal government of the right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms.
Bolding mine. Really? Registering a deadly weapon is an infringement? And what is an "extreme" background check? One that actually goes deep enough to find something? Luckily, it appears lawmakers have stricken the part of HB937 that would have done away with pistol permitting by sheriffs. But it's plain they are so confused on this issue they don't realize the vast majority of citizens support gun registration and background checks, however "extreme" that second one may be.
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