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GOP counting noses on veto vote

Posted March 8, 2011

Republican leaders took some swings at Gov. Bev Perdue this morning, but stepped back a bit on their plans to override her veto of the anti-HCR mandate bill, House Bill 2.

Last night, the measure was put on Wednesday’s House calendar. But today, House Speaker Thom Tillis said that doesn’t mean they’ll vote on it then – or at all, in fact.

“We put House Bill 2 on the calendar so that we would have all of our options open,” Tillis said. “We are obviously speaking with members and looking at ways that we may be able to get their support. We don’t know if we will, but we’ve got to go through the process.”

Tillis wouldn’t say who the Republicans are talking to. “We have a number of friends in the Democratic caucus, and I think it’s obvious that there’s a political game being played here. It’s not the substance of the bill that’s in question. And so the real question is whether or not that’s a game they want to play.”

The GOP, with 68 seats in the House, needs four Democratic votes to get to 72 – the “three-fifths” number required to override a veto.

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Two House Democrats voted in favor of House Bill 2: Granville Rep. Jim Crawford and Bladen Rep. Bill Brisson. Assuming they both remain supportive, Republicans need two more.

They’re likely to start with the three other Democrats who joined Crawford in voting for Tillis as Speaker: Bill Owens (D-Pasquotank), Dewey Hill (D-Columbus), and Tim Spear (D-Chowan). But Owens is out indefinitely after heart bypass surgery this weekend. So that leaves Hill and Spear –conservative Dems from conservative districts.

Hill says he’s been invited over to talk to Perdue today about the veto. Will he support her? “I don’t know. I haven’t made up my mind.”

Tillis was asked whether he’ll put the override up for a vote if he’s not sure it will succeed. “That’s something I would yield to the will of the caucus,” he said.

If the House doesn’t override it, the veto stands.

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  • kinggartk Mar 9, 2011

    To energyj....you need to understand that Obama was a "Rock Star" back in 2008. No Facts in his background that would give anyone pause to vote for him. He was just a "rah rah" cheerleader and very Charismatice speaker who could whip a crowd of dunder heads into a frenzy.

    Now these dunder heads are 4 years older and 4 yeaars wiser. Obama is no longer a "Rock Star", but just another elitest politician. Many people will stay home before they make the same mistake and Vote for Obama again.

    He is One and Done.

  • energyj Mar 9, 2011

    People needs to understand that President Obama wasn't on the ticket in 2010. He will be in 2012 and Democrats will be coming out in large numbers just like 2008. Democrats will take back the house and senate in North Carolina as well as in Congress!!!

  • hermanrooker Mar 9, 2011

    The people spoke in Nov. 2010 and they will speak again in Nov.2012. Hope the Dems are ready to retire in less than 2 years.