NCGA

Voting rights case won't be heard until after election

Putting legal procedure ahead of legal rights:

Alexander Peters, a senior deputy attorney general for the state, maintained it would be unrealistic to complete discovery by April, which would be the deadline if a trial were to proceed next summer.

Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake said in her ruling a trial next year might not provide enough time to finish discovery, the process of collecting and sharing information in a case. She did leave open the possibility that a preliminary injunction would be filed, which would put the voting changes on hold.

Here's a little bit of common sense for you, if there's any room for that in the rarified atmosphere of a civil courtroom: if a law that potentially infringes on the civil rights of citizens is so complex it takes that much time to get a handle on it, shouldn't it be set on the legal shelf (injunction) until it can be legally vetted? Another question: if said bill only took 3 months for the NCGA to process it, while they were also processing hundreds of other bills, why will it take over a year to gather the evidence needed do defend it?

Tillis tries to defend tax reform with incoherent rambling

Of course, that's just a guess. Analysts are still trying to decipher what he said:

But Tillis, a 53-year-old former IBM executive who has the strong backing of the GOP establishment but is by no means the prohibitive front-runner, is betting that Southern Democrats who once thrived here are dying breeds because of the liberal policies coming out of Washington. He is defiant about North Carolina’s hard-right turn, calling it a “reform agenda unlike any other state in the United States.”

“I think for the most part, what I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers,” he said in an interview in his Raleigh office. “They lost, they don’t like it, and they are going to try to do everything they can to, I think, cast doubt on things that I think are wise and that the average citizen when they know what we’re doing, I think, like it.”

Um, what? Did Thom's doctor cut him off from caffeinated coffee or something? I think his repetitive use of the phrase "I think" (four times, no less) is an effort to jump-start his brain, not unlike when you get a straight-gear car rolling and then pop the clutch. It's not working.

NC GOP tries to postpone voting rights lawsuit until after election

Which is a tacit admission of guilt in the partisan nature of their law:

Attorneys representing Gov. Pat McCrory, the N.C. Board of Elections and other state officials have laid out a proposed schedule in a report to the federal court, suggesting that a two- to three-week trial could be held no sooner than the summer of 2015.

But the organizations challenging the extensive changes to North Carolina’s voting rules signed into law by McCrory this summer want their arguments heard much sooner. They are pushing for trial before the midterm elections on Nov. 4, 2014.

Just waiting for the RWNJ fringe to start howling about how Democrats are trying to save the election. They're not smart enough to know how much that undermines their fabricated reasoning to justify the law in the first place. Should be entertaining.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Worth remembering:

Worth forgetting:

Still waiting for NC BOE to probe campaign money from Chase Burns

And since the mainstream media doesn't seem to be concerned, we'll have to keep you updated ourselves (huge pdf):

Between January 2008 and March 2012, IIT has received over $68.6 million into this account from the AVOTW Enterprise gambling operation. IIT also received funds from North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Cafes (which some of these are being operated by the same members of the AVOTW Enterprise previously mentioned in your affiants Master Affidavit) and other states which totaled
approximately $98.4 million through March 2012.

Just to refresh your memory, the Allied Veterans operation in Florida was one of the biggest ripoffs in the name of helping veterans that has ever been perpetrated. The sheer volume of money and money-laundering transactions is staggering, and over $400,000 of those ill-gotten gains ended up in the campaign coffers of the NC GOP, including that of the now Governor McCrory. And considering there are direct ties between McCrory and Burns, the state BOE should have been all over this. And the NC DOJ might be interested in these fellows, as well:

Clueless Republicans look to cut already starved court system

So much for the law & order GOP:

A new committee of legislators that is looking for ways to save money by making the courts more efficient recently heard just how difficult a task that will be. Lawmakers on the House Judicial Efficiency and Effective Administration of Justice committee, meeting for the first time in November, were given an overview of a statewide judicial system struggling to keep up with caseloads amid budget cuts.

"Do you have any answers?" asked Rep. Allen McNeill, a first-term Republican House member from Asheboro and retired law enforcement officer.

"More funding," Smith replied.

You can provide them with all the statistical data and dour warnings you like but, at the end of the day, all these single-minded GOP lawmakers are going to do is make the occasional inappropriate or non-pertinent comment and then move forward with more budget cuts. In their minds, money is never the answer, it all has to do with "work ethic" or some other phraseology that shifts the blame.

NC GOP using Bonner Bridge issue to attack SELC

Another crisis, another opportunity to mislead the public:

In the midst of such a serious challenge, however, we find it disingenuous and irresponsible that you have chosen to aggressively, publicly, and inaccurately blame environmental organizations for this bridge closure. As a result of your urging, we have been at the receiving end of multiple threats based on misinformation you have provided. Rather than continue with these irresponsible public attacks, we encourage you to provide the leadership required to resolve the closure as quickly as possible and to focus on developing a long term solution to replace Bonner Bridge that ensures safe and dependable transportation to Hatteras Island.

Make no mistake, the Republicans are wetting their pants at the prospect of endangering the safety of the attorneys working for the Southern Environmental Law Center. The group has been a thorn in the side of irresponsible developers and polluting industries, and the GOP would love nothing better than to sweep this organization out of the way. And the bridge is only part of this story. A comment I posted on Facebook:

And now for the opposing view

or not, if you attended the education "public forum" in Watauga County last night. Our friends at Watauga Watch have made note of it, and Twitter indicates that Sen. Dan Soucek's propaganda party public forum on education got exciting:

Long, cold Winter ahead for some in NC

Thanks to the GOP's budget-cutting fetish:

The Crisis Intervention Program is a federally funded program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills in times of crisis. This year, the county received less money from the program. Funds were cut from $1.3 million to just less than $870,000.

Because of the reduction, the state came out with revised recommended guidelines for who would qualify for help.

Of course it did. Instead of looking for funds elsewhere, NC Republicans just shake their heads like they have no idea why this happened.

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