Editorial: Legislative leaders arrogantly impose ideological will

Posted December 15, 2016

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, left, and House Speaker Tim Moore answer questions during a Jan. 14, 2015, news conference about the legislative agenda for the Republican majority in the General Assembly.

A CBC Editorial: Thursday, Dec.15, 2016; Editorial# 8096
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

If there was any doubt that the court-ordered elections for a new General Assembly can’t come soon enough, the Republican leadership laid them to rest on Wednesday.

After a series of non-denial, denials, deceptive responses to direct questions and back room, secret deals, the legislature’s GOP leadership revealed their scheme to remain in session. They intend to impose a series of politically-motivated acts aimed at forcing unneeded and unwanted policies along with restrictions on the authority of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Even now, they remain tight-lipped about the details, with the other rank-and-file members of the Republican caucus cowering and silent about the agenda they will spring on North Carolinians today.

This unconstitutionally-composed, election-rigging legislature is bound and determined to impose its ideological will on the state regardless of what most citizens want or need.

In the process, they will ruin what little dignity out-going Republican Gov. Pat McCrory may have gained in the last few days from his advocacy for our citizens still struggling to recover from the hurricane and wildfire that ravaged parts of the state.

The bill that McCrory will receive amid the next day or two of embarrassing partisan behavior will be emblematic of the last four years and take the spotlight off his hurricane and wildfire recovery efforts.

Self-selected, self-interested, unrestrained, arrogant legislators, will continue to impose their will. Only fairly drawn representative districts, along with strong competitive candidates in each district, will bring an end to this reign.

That day, we were vividly reminded of on Wednesday, cannot come soon enough.


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  • Jacob Young Dec 15, 2016
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    "In the process, they will ruin what little dignity out-going Republican Gov. Pat McCrory may have gained in the last few days from his advocacy for our citizens "

    I still want to know who writes this trite garbage. This is something you would read in the Independent Weekly.

  • John Ragan Dec 15, 2016
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    I'll remind you about the midnight vote the dems pulled that gave us the"education" lottery. Pay attention to the history part of this article also note the date right before the Labor Day recess


  • Matt Wood Dec 15, 2016
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    The Dems NEVER did something like this. NEVER.

  • Josh Anderson Dec 15, 2016
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    This was never an issue when the Dems used to do it. Guess it doesn't fit what the liberals who write these slanted editorials want done.

  • Danny Basden Dec 15, 2016
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    They are imposing "their" will because they were voted into office to do so on behalf of the majority that put them there. That is a fact. Saying things like, "regardless of what most citizens want or need", is an opinion, in an opinion. Backing ones opinion up with ones own opinion does little to bolster effective debate. On the bright side, I am looking forward to the lavish fact checker and opinion columns when Cooper finally arrives to save the state.

  • Paul Donovan Dec 15, 2016
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    Never saw an editorial like this when it was the Democrats doing exactly the same thing. However, this time, I think McCrory should veto everything after the GOP leadership threw him under the bus. I know the GA has veto proof majorities and they would override anyway but it would send a signal to them that they were the reason he didn't win reelection.