Dems: Session 'far-right,' 'disappointing'

Posted June 16, 2011

Following this morning’s press conference by Republican leaders, House Democrats held a press conference of their own today to denounce what they say has been a “far-right” session that “goes backwards on jobs.”

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney started off by listing the hundreds of layoffs announced this week in school districts around the state: 500 personnel in Charlotte, 200 in Duplin, nearly 400 in Cumberland, more than 100 in Kannapolis.

“There will be more to come,” Hackney predicted. “The Republicans own this. It is their fault.”

“If this were any other sector, Republicans would be telling us of the failure of North Carolina’s business environment,” Hackney said. “But since it’s only educators – and we know what they think of them – it’s acceptable.”

Hackney also attacked GOP leaders for a “partisan agenda” that he says includes guns in parks, abortion restrictions, and weaker environmental regulations. But he saved his harshest words for bills that require Voter ID, shorten early voting, and ban Sunday and straight ticket voting.

“They’re afraid of the voters of North Carolina,” Hackney said, predicting that if those provisions become law, the U.S. Department of Justice will likely block many of them under the Voting Rights Act. Dems denounce 'right-wing' session Dems denounce 'right-wing' session

Hackney also criticized House Republicans for shutting down debate 26 times already this session. When he was Speaker, Hackney said, he used it four times.

“They call it efficient, but this is not a factory. This is a deliberative body, and we’re supposed to find the best result,” he said.

Watch the full press conference at right.


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  • marktroll Jun 17, 2011

    you cant just magically change your story when you post often in here bilzac. all of your posts in the last weeks and months show your true colors- you are certainly not/ nor were you a republican. you made that blatently obvious. your post history is on your profile

  • BIlzac Jun 17, 2011

    Hey Mack, I don't care if you believe me or not.

    But it is pretty sad when that's the best you have for a leading argument...

  • marktroll Jun 17, 2011

    i love how every democrat turns into a FORMER lifelong republican when they blog. lol. get real.
    hackney's speach up there sounds like part 2 of all the concession speaches from the loser democrats in the 2010 elections. what did you think was going to happen when all those r's got to raleigh. lol.
    and sartesticles the "bad rope" im smokin came from your back yard garden. you would have seen me take it if you werent busy making more tie dye shirts lol ;)

  • BIlzac Jun 17, 2011

    Hacknye got it exactly right.

    If the Democrat's had passed legislation that saw 100 jobs disappearing within days of it's passing, the Republican's would be screaming bloody murder.

    But it's just teachers and educators.

    And he's right. They know EXACTLY what Republican's think of them. And any who were not sure only need read the comments from their fellow Republican's on these forums to see just what conservatives think of educators and education in general.

    And let's keep in mind, it's not only educators who are losing jobs. Pretty much anything that is not related to business is on the Republican chopping block.

    Let's not forget the many men and women working in State social services who are also seeing their jobs ripped away.

    I hope all will remember this come election time.

    Sign me as...

    ...30+ year Republican voter switching sides...

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 17, 2011

    You're tokin' some BAD rope there, hombre. Jimmy the Greek wouldn't have taken a bet on the GOP winning the White House in 2012. Go ahead. Vote for Michelle Bachmann...she shore is PURTY! ;)

  • stanmak Jun 17, 2011

    sartesticles is that the same reason why obama will be voted out? oh my what will a voter do?

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 16, 2011

    The people of the state elected them because they PROMISED JOBS JOBS JOBS......and delivered nutty right agenda. Keep it up, repubs!! You're outta here in the next election. ;)

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 16, 2011

    disapponting? They did exactly what the people of this state elected them to do--which is far more than the previous 100 or so years of democratic tax and spend ever did....keep it up folks!!!