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Senate GOP: Six overrides "strong message" to Perdue

Posted July 13, 2011

Senate Leader Phil Berger called the unprecedented six veto overrides in his chamber today a "strong message" to Gov. Bev Perdue.

Berger said the "broad bipartisan support" for three of the six overrides shows that even Democratic lawmakers thought the bills were in the state's best interests, despite Perdue's objections. "It just became so clear that she was so out of step with the people of North Carolina," Berger said at a news conference this afternoon.

"It is our expectation that the House will follow suit, hopefully on all of them," he said.  

But Berger said he's concerned partisanship will block overrides in the House, where Republicans need at least four Democrats to reach the three-fifths vote required to override a veto. 

"I expect that if the members of the House are looking at the merits of those various bills, then they will pass," Berger said. "I'm some concerned that on the House side, the politics may get in the way of the actual merits." 

Berger also said the Senate is not looking to take on a broad rewrite of the state's election laws during the special session.  The resolution authorizing the session would allow consideration of elections bills, and  the House Elections committee is already scheduled to meet twice in the next week.  

"If they send us something,  then we'll take a look at it," Berger said. "But at this point, I don't know that that's what's going to happen. There's not at this point any plan on our part to send such a bill to them." 

Berger also responded to criticism from Democratic leaders who say the GOP budget has cost the state 2,000 education jobs just in its first month. 

"We expected there to be some job losses," Berger said. "You cannot cut a billion dollars out of the continuation budget...and not have positions eliminated. We've said that all along."   Berger: Overrides "strong message" Berger: Overrides send 'strong message'

But he said the tens of thousands of layoffs some Democrats predicted have not materialized. "It appears to me we've been a more accurate predictor than they have." 

You can watch the unedited video of Berger's press conference at right. 

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  • dlphnwmn8 Jul 19, 2011

    I know.....wish in one hand....etc. but we can't give up. Apathy on these issues will only serve their purpose.

  • marktroll Jul 19, 2011

    sounds great. thats about as likely as all republicans winning and having a 50-0 majority in the senate and a 120-0 majority in the house. i guess we can both wish for things.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jul 18, 2011

    marktroll....I hope he does. Along with Tills, Stam, Apodaca and the rest. I am not overlooking the redistricting maps the R's are formulating. Some groups are already speaking of federal lawsuits to stop it.

  • marktroll Jul 17, 2011

    dolphinwoman are you telling me that you honestly believe that berger will lose his 2012 re-election? even if you decide to overlook the fact that r's control redistricting, you think that his district is going to magically flip and vote him out????

    LOL

  • driverkid3 Jul 16, 2011

    Yeah, it would be nice to see him as governor. Just think....some one that can keep his promises. Bev could take a lesson or two on that one.

  • dwilliams642 Jul 15, 2011

    Their decisions have a direct impact on the folks they swore to protect and serve. Senator Berger surely understands this - given his own county - my county - is suffering greatly economically.Perhaps he should begin to have a dialogue with other's besides the one's that HE "caters" to. That way, he can take into consideration the information shared by both sides - reasonably discuss and weigh them out - before he makes a decision that has a direct negative impact on the folks he was elected to represent.

  • kevhays01 Jul 15, 2011

    So, no election laws? Ballot access reform is critical if this state is to ever have free elections.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jul 14, 2011

    We expect to see your job loss next election Berger.