Phil Berger

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Alarming voter fraud

The NC GOP lie machine is being spun up to full speed, based on the Tillisberger's report of "Alarming Evidence of Voter Error and Fraud".

We could comment on many things, such as:

  • Wow! Those are some really big numbers! Oh, wait, they reflect only a very tiny fraction of votes cast;
  • This is some VERY carefully spun data intentionally designed to be very misleading and alarm low-information consumers of the information;
  • This data probably represents what's been happening for a long time, and nearly all of it is likely to be easily explainable and innocuous; and
  • They offer no evidence that any of this would have been prevented by their voter suppression law.

The (other) committee to elect Thom Tillis

The stupid and unnecessary witch hunt that Tillisberger call the "Affordable Care Act Committee" is moving along.

Phil named two Republican co-chairs to go with the mostly Republican (and highly extremist) members of the committee, who are supposedly going to investigate the effects of the ACA on North Carolina, but actually are going to exaggerate, cherry pick facts, showboat and smear President Obama and Senator Hagan.

And we thought that using public money on campaign purposes -- in this case, to elect Thom Tillis US senator -- was illegal.

Punxsutawney Phil

Amidst all the hoopla and heartache resulting from the Great NCGOP Tax Increase of 2014, one item may have escaped your attention. Specifically, the imposition of a relentless testing regime for 3rd graders. Dave Ribar at Applied Rationality explores the disconnect between the likely numbers of students who will fail and the shortfall in funding for remediation.

The policy itself is hideous.

A while back, Punxsutawney Phil (Berger) and his tea-party colleagues muscled through an education "reform" plan that requires third-graders to pass new reading proficiency tests. To give students the best chance of passing, most school districts are adopting a "portfolio" approach that subjects the students to 36 assessments.

It's all about transparency

That's what the GOP told us the voter suppression law was about -- greater transparency.

But there's no transparency for the back-room dealings that led to the voter suppression law. Oh, no, all that is completely opaque.

Thirteen legislators, all Republicans, have tried to quash subpoenas requiring them to produce any documents they created or received concerning the “rationale, purpose and implementation” of House Bill 589.

Sen. Phil Berger, leader of the state Senate, was among the group, as was Thom Tillis, the speaker of the House. Others include Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County, Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Mecklenburg, Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord and Rep. David Lewis, the Harnett County Republican who helped lead the 2011 redrawing of legislative and congressional districts being challenged in court.

A walking talking point

Thomas Mills nails Junior Berger today with brilliant essay and a killer title.

But Phil Berger, Jr., is nothing more than a manufactured politician. He’s used his father’s name and reputation to build a political career in Rockingham County but has no real accomplishments that he can claim as his own. Now, he’s using money his father is raising to create a phony persona that will take him to Washington. He’s become a walking talking point.

I share the author's disdain for this privileged creep, who is pathetically following in his daddy's bloody footsteps. If Junior Berger finds his way into Congress, the joke will be on all of us.

NC Auditor: Jordan Lake cronyism barely legal

The really stupid idea to ignore Jordan Lake's pollution sources and instead give more than a million dollars to a favored company to float some vacuums in the lake was deemed legal by NC Auditor Beth Wood.

The only reason it's legal is because the NCGA did it, and they've exempted themselves from the law that applies to everyone else.

N.C. Senate leaders' approach to a controversial Jordan Lake cleanup project would have been illegal for almost any other unit of state government, according to a letter written by State Auditor Beth Wood.

And in case there was any doubt that the fix was in:

Junior Berger: The arrogance of power

Believing himself to be above the law, Phil Berger had a secret system rigged in a courtroom for eavesdropping on private conversations.

WFMY News 2 is just learning that in 2011, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger, Jr. had audio from court proceedings broadcast into his office for two weeks ... After it was discovered, Resident Superior Court Judge Richard Stone and Chief District Court Judge Frederick Wilkins, Jr. signed an administrative order disabling Berger's audio system.

Junior Berger has enough political clout to sweep things under the rug. No investigation was conducted, of course, because Junior himself would have been responsible for initiating it. And now that he's running for Congress, he wants to change the subject.

Tillisberger's twisted tirade

They continue to outdo themselves with vile truth twisting.

Phil & Thom issued a joint statement in response to the NCAE's lawsuit, and this is what they call it: Liberal Groups Fight to Keep Poor and Disabled Kids in Failing Schools. Yes, really.

Of course, there is the requisite lie about characterizing NCAE as a union:

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement today in response to a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina affiliate of the national teachers’ union and a liberal special interest group

But this one really takes the cake. This has to be a candidate for whopper of the year:

Junior Berger already making Obamacare robocalls

The following has absolutely nothing to do with the title, but I laughed hard, so:

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