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.

They contend they are protected by “legislative immunity” and should be “free from arrest or civil process for what they do in legislative proceedings.” The leaders also argue that legislative immunity frees legislators “not only from the consequences of litigation, it also frees them ‘from the burden of defending themselves.’”

In other words, they believe they're above the law. How Nixonian of them.

We wonder what it is they want to hide.


Who would have thought

that Berger, Tillis, Rucho, Samuelson, Pittman and Lewis would cook up evil schemes?

Oh, right, anyone who pays attention, that's who.

We assume there's a smoking gun in the records that have been requested. It most likely proves that this cabal knew quite well that their voter suppression law would discriminate against minorities. They wouldn't want that to get out.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014