I had to grab an excerpt from a %$#@& Facebook post, because for some reason NC's news outlets don't think the most powerful man in the General Assembly pulling a Vladimir Putin is newsworthy:
The Republicans on the panel - defying all logic - voted against Mangrum today, and the case will now go to the State Board of Elections. The Republicans on the panel gave reasons based on speculation and innuendo - not on the law. I believe it was a circus. We have reached bottom, and Berger's gang is covered in dirt. Shame on them. SHAME.
This is a good story for an aggressive reporter to cover. And I suspect it starts, as always, with fear of losing power and dark money fueling the efforts to keep it. I sent a recap to Rachel Maddow. Someone needs to expose this!!!
Hell, it doesn't even need to be an "aggressive" reporter, just somebody to publish the pertinent details would be a good start. This is now headed to the State Board, where hopefully wiser and less partisan heads will prevail. We'll see. But this is a prime example of why Berger & Moore screwing around with election boards should have been completely tossed by the courts. Here's some background on yesterday's bent decision:
The North Carolina Bipartisan Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement voted on Thursday to designate two additional county Board of Elections members to a three-member panel hearing the challenge of Jen Mangrum’s candidacy in Senate District 30.
Board members voted unanimously on April 26 to add Surry County Board of Elections Chairman Dwayne Carter and Caswell County Board of Elections member Yvonne Saul to the multi-county board. The panel, now comprised of five members, will soon decide when and where the challenge – previously scheduled for April 26 in Rockingham County – will be held. Carter and Saul join Rockingham Vice-Chair Toni Reece, Stokes Chairman Robert Robertson and Caswell Chairman Rese Farrish, who was selected by the state board as the panelist chair.
According to the voter search tool on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, the board is comprised of three registered Republicans and two registered Democrats.
A full year-and-a-half after a Democrat won election to Governor, and election boards and "special" panels like this still have a GOP majority.
This pretty much sums up the whole affair: