Editorial: Facade of dog-days calm giving way to high-stakes legislative maneuvers and arm-twisting
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 -- Through these dog days of summer it may seem to be business as usual at the North Carolina General Assembly. A closer look reveals it has been anything but. High-stakes maneuvering, arm-twisting and brinksmanship dominate every aspect of work. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars. It highlights the cynical partisan plotting that has forced legislators to make last-minute, costly cancelations of trips to conferences and miss long-planned public meetings inconveniencing local constituents. It is abusive and unnecessary.