Perdue of no use to citizens: fails to veto NC Broadband bill

Gov Perdue has drunk Time Warner's kool-aid and says she will not veto H129, a bill forbidding government bodies in NC from creating our own Broadband networks. Now there will be even less competition to stimulate some improvements in our telecom infrastructure.

Might as well have a Republican governor. Clearly what matters is the legislature.

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Governor Perdue is

Governor Perdue is increasingly looking like a one-term failure. I find myself regretting everything I ever did to help her get elected. Richard Moore is looking awfully good right now.

I don't like it either

But if you want to point fingers, point them at the Democrats who voted "aye":

Representative(s): Adams; Brisson; Carney; Crawford; Earle; Hamilton; Hill; McLawhorn; Michaux; Mobley; Moore, R.; Owens; Parmon; Pierce; Spear; Wainwright; Warren, E.; Wilkins; Wray.

That said, Bev should have Vetoed this. It deserves/demands another look-see by the Legislature.

Yeah, that one caught me

by surprise, too. It's definitely out of character.

time to clean house

I think its time to clean a little house, and the folks on this list who've gotten away with stuff in the past are going to start sweating soon.

Veto for what purpose?

Which ones were going to switch their votes to support her?
Broadband matters, and matters a lot. She's fighting for something that matters more: education. The Republicans in this state stand primarily for private and especially religious schools. She's a lot better than the Republican alternative.

The tyranny of "or"

How can this possibly be reduced to "broadband" OR "education"? If we've learned one thing about dealing with Republicans, it is this: compromising on one front does nothing to help negotiations on another.

The broadband bill is wrong-headed period. It should be vetoed whether the veto can be sustained or not.

It shouldn't be reduced to such choices

But that's what happens when devious, unethical bastards are running the Legislative show.

Just look at the unemployment thing. There's no doubt the Republicans are responsible for their plight; but normally intelligent reporters (and even some Progressives, I might add) think the Governor's to blame, too.

When truth and reason are hard to find, the resulting confusion can make us turn on each other. They count on that.

Good grief.

I was brief and synoptic, but I did not offer a broadband or education choice. Nor did I imply one. I disagreed with the argument that she's as bad as a Republican governor, and offered her stands on education in general to illustrate my case.

Sorry. I missed your point.

She's clearly not as bad as Pat McCrory would have been.

Your juxtaposition of the two issues reminded me of many arguments I've heard, including from Republicans, that X is really important and therefore we can't do Y. To which I always offer "walk and chew gum" sorts of replies. Sorry for misreading your comment.

Why bother?

Force an override vote, even if the outcome is inevitable. Sometimes it not about winning the battle, it's about taking a stand for the long haul. Every veto is an opportunity to communicate the radical agenda to a public that, sooner or later, will understand.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I'm also disapointed but I think saying she is "of no use"

goes too far. It's also not true. Gov. Perdue has made some important vetoes lately, and she is our only chance to block disastrous legislation coming up. Look at Florida, Wisconsin and the other states with all Republican governments. They may never recover from the damage being done. That could be us.

"Might as well have a Republican governor." If you convince people that's true you will be part of the problem. We have too many Democrats voting for Republicans already.

This is not necessarily the end for affordable broadband in NC. Look at what has been done in some other places by local, member-owned electric cooperatives. 2.5 million North Carolinians get their power from one.

We were discussing this earlier tonight

and a friend said that towns can still build broadband, just not with taxpayer money. They suggested that the town people start a co-op. I was wondering if the taxpayer money part was correct. Anyone know?

Electric Co-ops

..got their start with taxpayer money, via the New Deal REA.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

great point

Thanks usna77. I like your signature line.

Local, member-owned electric cooperatives

already have the right of way and the cable. Power lines can be used to provide broadband.