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Editorial: Legislators; Don’t meet, go to the beach this weekend

August 3, 2018
Ocracoke Island Named Top Beach in Nation

Move over, Florida and Hawaii. Your beaches are no longer the best. The nation's best place to get a tan and enjoy the ocean's waves in 2007 is North Carolina's Ocracoke Island.

CBC Editorial: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018; Editorial #8330 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

How about this?

Just imagine, leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly in a moment of enlightenment realize the two laws they’ve passed are misguided. They realize that most of North Carolina knows cheating when they see it and folks don’t like cheaters. So the leadership calls off Saturday’s legislative session and quietly lets the governor’s veto stand. Everyone goes about enjoying the weekend and the whole mess ends.

The likelihood of that coming to pass, given the self-delusion of the legislative leadership, is nearly nil.

These Republican leaders will force votes overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of two hastily drafted and passed bills that essentially are aimed at boosting Republican efforts elect their candidate to the state Supreme Court along with helping pass unnecessary and damaging state constitutional amendments they propose.

They will put every legislator who votes for it – almost exclusively Republicans – on the record as election cheaters who change laws in mid-campaign to suit their own ends. A vote to override these vetoes is EXHIBIT #1 for defeat of any incumbent.

These actions provide fodder for court battles. House Speaker Tim Moore of Cleveland County and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County specialize in generating confusion. Their tactics damage government and the rule of law.

If they have their way, Berger and Moore will have the power to make the laws, enforce the laws and decide if the laws are constitutional. The executive branch of government and the courts would become irrelevant.

This is no exaggeration. Even a reflexively loyal Republican like Bob Stephens, who served as Gov. Pat McCrory’s chief lawyer and also worked for former Gov. Jim Martin, calls the scheme by the legislature “destructive … wrongheaded … (and a) power grab.”

The protestations and inflated outrage from the leadership are utterly without creditability and ring hollow.

Who is state Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Rutherford, to question the motivations of a candidate for state Supreme Court? Who is Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, to lecture anyone about integrity and fair play?

How can state Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, say with a straight face that he’s seeking to give “more reliable” information to voters? We don’t need Diogenes to know there’s little truth in those dark corners.

Is there anyone in the Republican caucus who will oppose this nonsense? All you have to do is go to the beach this weekend and work on regaining your self respect.

You can do it.

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