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Editorial: McCrory, legislature leave NC more bitterly divided than they inherited 4 years ago

Posted December 19, 2016

N.C. GOP Leaders

A CBC Editorial: Monday, Dec.19, 2016; Editorial# 8098
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Gov. Pat McCrory and his fellow Republicans in control of the General Assembly are finally finished. In far too many ways they leave our state worse than they found it.

The hastily drafted and enacted bills passed last week during the surprise special session will:

  • Make our elections and campaigns more difficult to run and manage
  • Weaken what little teeth there are in our state’s ethics laws
  • Diminish management of our public schools at a time when strong leadership is more important than ever
  • Change the authority and powers of the governor, leading to litigation and less accountability.

The state is being ridiculed across the nation for its autocratic rule and backward, discriminatory practices. “Brazen Power Grab,” declares the headline on the New York Times editorial page. “GOP coup in North Carolina” says The Washington Post. So much for improving North Carolina’s “brand.”

Sadly, the special session was apropos of the performance of our governor and legislature for the last four years.

Amid reports that the state’s unemployment rate increased for the fourth consecutive month, it is big businesses and the wealthy that garnered tax breaks while poor and working class North Carolinians have been forced to make up the difference with more sales taxes and repeal of the earned income tax credit.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income North Carolinians are denied health care because McCrory and the legislature, out of petty partisanship, won’t participate in a federally funded program to expand Medicaid.

Teacher and school principal pay continues to rank near the bottom nationally.

Last week should have been McCrory’s opportunity to conclude his lackluster four years on something of a high note – celebrating enactment of a special aid package for victims of Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in the western part of the state.

McCrory had donned his sharply starched green state Department of Public Safety shirt just for the occasion. But, it turned out he was all dressed up with nowhere to go. The photo-op was a little-noticed, overshadowed footnote.

Fearful that a news conference to sing the praises of the newly-passed disaster relief would turn into a cross examination about the heavy-handed usurpation of gubernatorial power by the General Assembly’s GOP leadership, McCrory signed the bill and immediately dashed out of the event.

McCrory came into office riding a strong showing in the 2012 election and expectations of moderating the sharp partisan and ideological edge of the legislature’s leadership. He leaves with a lackluster image that failed to meet expectations and a state more bitterly and sharply divided.

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  • Ken Ackerman Dec 20, 2016
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    McCrory was bought and paid for before he took office. Everything he and the GA did in the last four years made things easier for those that already have everything and harder for those that have nothing.

  • Betsey Duggins Dec 19, 2016
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    I'm with you man. We have far more negative aspects in the last 4 years than positive. McCrory and the cronies need to be ashamed of their actions and leave NC in peace. We are better than this and we need to band together, not fall through the cracks of division! May we vote out all our representatives that have caved to the power of mediocry!

  • Jacob Young Dec 19, 2016
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    "McCrory, legislature leave NC more bitterly divided than they inherited 4 years ago"

    Gee, I wonder why? It looks like the CBC ghost editorial writer has much to do with creating the divide as witnessed by the ghost writer's vitriolic opinions.

  • Linda Tally Dec 19, 2016
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    While I agree wholeheartedly with the author of this editorial, I am grateful for the fact that at least this current crop of Tea Party members ARE leaving.

  • Raleigh Rose Dec 19, 2016
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    So, Marianne, just one question about your first comment. Boys are much more likely to be attacked and abused in a bathroom or locker by someone of the same gender. If HB2 is all about protecting people from this, then why doesn't it address the protection of boys. Also, women already are attacked in bathrooms and locker rooms by rapists who are intent on their crime. If they are willing to commit such a heinous crime, do you really believe an unenforceable law is going to stop them? HB2 is useless and does nothing but cost the state revenue and jobs. It doesn't protect anyone, never had and never will.
    And please, I would love to see some proof as to rest of your statement to back up your "facts."

  • Allen Hack Dec 19, 2016
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    Hi Rick! Have a nice day!

  • Stacy Mercier Dec 19, 2016
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    There's a reason this is on their WEBSITE and not on their TV STATION. Their news coverage on the actual channel is very unbiased and balanced. They are allowed to have different content on the website.

  • Ronan Cates Dec 19, 2016
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    I hope McCrory runs again so he can get another whopping by the NC election process. He deserves it.

  • Donovan Verrill Dec 19, 2016
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    It really is shameful how the Republicans are acting. These political games do not serve the people. I've voted for both R and D for te legislature, but I don't think I'll be filling out dots with R next to them for quite awhile now.

  • Edward Tilley Dec 19, 2016
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    If North Carolina is as awful as the editorial suggests, then maybe the writer should move, and take the TV Station with them! I'm sure South Boston or Danville would welcome you with open arms...

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