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:
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.
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:
DAG McCrony and the Tillisberger were hellbent on refusing the federal money for Medicaid expansion. These are our tax dollars, already paid, that now go to places with more enlightened governors, which even includes Ohio and New Jersey.
After a 6-month drunk-on-power binge during which the unruly GOP mob ran roughshod over the entire state and had their way with the people of NC, they just recently woke up hung over and naked in a ditch by the side of the road.
[As consciousness starts to return, DAG McCrony, Tillis and Berger discuss the circumstances]
McCrony: What happened?
Berger: I’m not sure. Damn! My head hurts.
Tillis: I remember something about a budget. I need some coffee!
Berger: And abortions. And voter suppression. Make my coffee black and strong!
McCrony: I remember signing those bills after we agreed about them.
Berger & Tillis, in unison: SHUT UP! You’re just a hired pen.
You might or might not be familiar with Ann and Jim Goodnight. Dr. Jim Goodnight is the founder and CEO of SAS Corporation; he and his wife have been community activists in Cary, NC and statewide advocates for many causes -- especially education -- for decades. SAS is among the world's largest privately held companies; the Goodnights are billionaires and reportedly the richest people in all of North Carolina (#154 on the Forbes worldwide billionaires list).
It's become abundantly clear that the Art Pope machine in The Old Backward State can get away with anything it wants. The level of extremism in North Carolina is almost without precedent.
As their scorched-earth policies steamroll ahead unfettered, as they stomp on people they don't care about, and as they literally do whatever they wish, unconstrained by anything including the state and federal constitutions, it occurs to us:
Why do they lie?
Why don't they simply tell the truth about why they're passing these extreme laws? Why do they feel the need to lie? Is it simply habitual? Do they think they're fooling people? Is it an attempt to assuage their consciences?
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