See what happens when you let people vote?
See what happens when you let people vote?

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory may have finally, grudgingly conceded the election he lost over a month ago to Democrat Roy Cooper, but that doesn’t mean the Republican-controlled state legislature has to accept the outcome of the election, too. In a special session that was ostensibly called to help the state deal with damage from Hurricane Matthew, the General Assembly has been going nuts with a bunch of bills aimed at removing as much power as possible from the new governor, who, did we mention is not even a Republican? Look, they have to do it. They were all elected to do the will of the people, and if the people were dumb enough to elect a Democratic governor, then clearly the people need to be straightened out. Presumably, once the people come to their senses and elect another Republican governor, the General Assembly will put everything back like it was.

After passing a quick bill to provide $200 million in hurricane relief Tuesday, the legislature could have declared their mission accomplished and gone home, but instead, they decided to whittle back the governor’s ability to appoint election boards and to appoint trustees of the University of North Carolina, requiring state Senate confirmation for virtually all the new governor’s cabinet members, and reducing the number of state staffers the governor can appoint without confirmation from 1500 to just 300. Why? Because they’re the majority, and the new governor better not forget it.

You’d be forgiven for thinking North Carolina Republicans don’t know the first thing about democracy, or they know all about it and are deathly afraid of it.

North Carolina Democratic leaders are getting all sour grapes about the new measures, which if signed into law by McCrory in the lame duck special session, would keep Cooper from having the full range of powers governors of the state have traditionally had.

“This is an unprecedented, shameful and cowardly power grab from the Republicans,’’ said Jamal Little, a spokesman for the state’s Democratic Party. “After losing the governor’s office, the G.O.P.-controlled General Assembly is attempting to hold on to power that voters took away from them.”

Silly Democrats, that’s the whole point! A top Republican in the House, David Lewis, clarified that it’s not so much a power grab as a grab for power, explaining Republicans simply wish “to establish that we are going to continue to be a relevant party in governing the state.”

The Election Boards measure is especially cute: under the old system, the state’s 100 county election boards consisted of two members of the governor’s party and one of the opposing party, an arrangement that was very convenient for McCrory when the federal government threw out the state’s horrible voter-suppression law. The county boards took up the slack by making voting more difficult for people who might vote for Democrats, especially blacks. The new bill has suddenly discovered the principle of equality, requiring four members: two Democrats and two Republicans. Tie votes, we assume, will be settled by duels or barefoot wrasslin’.

North Carolina voters also elected Mike Morgan, a Democrat, to the state Supreme Court in November, giving Democrats the majority on that body, and there have been rumors that the General Assembly might attempt to pack the court by adding two new seats, both of which would be filled by McCrory before he leaves office. Republicans have strongly denied that they were considering any such thing, perish the thought, although at least two conservative groups were pushing the idea. State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse issued an angry letter Tuesday blaming the media and state Democrats for the rumors, saying he was

“embarrassed by how the press fell hook, line and sinker for a court expansion crisis that was speculated by Democrats, rumored by Democrats, and fed by Democrats.”

“Some of you did not get this wrong,” he wrote. “But many of you did, by engaging in rumor-filled propaganda with no concrete or real reporting, and a ridiculous standard that no matter how we tried to refute this, it was never enough.”

Likely translation: We’d have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling reporters. Woodhouse went on to make some very funny jokes about other things state Republicans aren’t going to do, too:

“We are not going to shut down the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as punishment for their crazy liberal faculty,” he said. “We are not going to make voter fraud a capital offense … yet.”

In a Tweet Wednesday, Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson said he wasn’t too impressed by Woodhouse’s finally coming out and promising not to pack the court:

“You can’t criticize people for believing something that you stubbornly refuse to deny – especially when there’s a certain history.” Jackson said.

Just to be on the safe side, though, Republicans did introduce a bill to require Supreme Court candidates’ party affiliations be listed on ballots, since some people believe Morgan might have won because voters thought he was a Republican. We are not making this up.

Looks like North Carolina’s going to continue to be loads of fun to report on in 2017, even if the state Assembly is somehow blocked from abolishing voting by any party whose name contains the letters “ocrat.”

[NYT / News & Observer / News & Observer / Atlantic]

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  • MynameisBlarney

    Republicans are really going all out to show everyone beyond ANY shadow of a doubt, that they are in fact, enemies of US Democracy.

    • mardam422

      And they will still get elected, because at least half of the people in this Dog-forsaken country are stupid.

      • MynameisBlarney

        If we can counter all the dirty tricks they can’t win.

    • lroom

      They’re fucking piece of shit traitors. It’s the Nazi Party now.

  • Ali | Desperately Seeking Brad

    A top Republican in the House, David Lewis, clarified that it’s not so much a power grab as a grab for power, explaining Republicans simply wish “to establish that we are going to continue to be a relevant party in governing the state.”

    Do you remember the days when politicians didn’t make it SO FUCKING OBVIOUS what they were doing? When they’d at least attempt to cover up the corruption and fucking over of the little guy? When they would FUCKING PRETEND? How anyone can still support this pile of shit that is a political party is beyond me.

    • yyyaz

      The Replicants see this as “winning,” their rubes then see themselves as “winners.”

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      I believe that conservative have always been pyscopaths. They have always been the underhanded bully party with no decency or remorse.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Cooper should veto every bill passed by the legislature, including the state budget, until this power grab is repealed.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      I read that they have a veto-proof majority in the lege.

  • Oblios_Cap

    There’s nothing like a good loser, I guess.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Appears to be as bad as a sore winner.

  • TX Dept. of Brad Relations

    North Carolina, making Texas look less foolish since 2016.

  • DQKennard

    The only thing remarkable or surprising in what the Republicans have been doing to destroy democracy — in North Carolina in *this* example among so many seen across the country — is just how *blatant* they’ve been getting in their power grabs and lies.

  • Mpeg

    Transparency in governing is important, yet flawed I guess in that it subjects us to behold the undermining treachery these shameless sh!tgibbons are unafraid to pull.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “Well, if Donald can get away with it, so can we!”

    North Carolina Republicans

  • eggsacklywright

    DemocRAT party is obviously against the law and illegal, too, and should be dragged behind a pickup truck on a rope, like in Texass. It’s only fair.

    • Rouge Skwerl!

      Here we have then hang onto the Truck Ballz until they let go. Then again we do that on frozen lakes for sport.

      • eggsacklywright

        Ice splinters can be very nasti.

    • kindness

      Oh Looky! A new post to discuss this weekend.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Boy, they’re just like wood ticks. Once they get hold, they burrow right in.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Remember Monica Goodling? Sure, she resigned, but there are still bunches of those right-wing fucks entrenched at Justice. A President with no interest in management is not going to help that one fucking bit.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    This is why I don’t laugh when people make jokes about this being the last election. The GOP, with a big assist from the media, has spent 20 years convincing people that voting is a privilege, that our elections are illegitimate if they don’t win, and that it is okay to maintain power by any means at their disposal.

    • Vincent Ricola

      I’m only half-laughing at the idea this was our last election and the half part is because I’m trying to convince myself it somehow can’t happen even though I know it can easily happen.

  • beingreleased

    This isn’t a partisan power-grab. They’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but you know, things happen, and this and that comes up and suddenly you need to call a special session right before a Democrat comes into office.

  • exinkwretch

    Lightweights! They were SUPPOSED to pack the state supreme court with Bible humpers.

  • Thanks for posting this, Dok.

    Ms. Recalcitrant is a tenured professor in the UNC system and has had to deal with thinly veiled threats to academic freedom since the McCrory admin took office. There was at least one instance where the UNC board requested a list of professors and programs that taught Marxism and sought to find out “why”. One UNC board member actually complained that his daughter was “a good Christian conservative girl” until she went to UNC where she turned into some sort of liberal monster, protesting this and protesting that. This was the same board member who told Tom Ross (former President of the UNC system, ousted by McCrory and his henchmen) that he wondered why the “conservative arts” weren’t taught since the “liberal arts” were so popular.

    We miss Tom Ross.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      The conservative arts?!? They’re gonna teach ratfucking?

    • jodyleek

      If he really believed in the “conservative arts” then he would have kept his daughter at home, barely literate, and married her off to a much older, rich land owner.

    • Bill D. Burger

      [One UNC board member actually complained that his daughter was “a good Christian conservative girl” until she went to UNC where she turned into some sort of liberal monster, protesting this and protesting that. ]

      Translation: “She began to think for herself. ___ Heresy! Lib Bitch! Needs Stepford reprogramming.”

      • Oblios_Cap

        If she was such a good Xtian girl, what was she doing going to school in the first place? Sounds like daddy is a closet liberal!

        • arglebargle

          Shoulda sent her to Liberty U.

    • FauxAntocles

      The conservative arts are traditionally learned in prison.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Conservative arts: Lying 101, Voter Fraud (a 400 series), Winning at All Costs (required in every semester)….have I missed any classes?

      • Michael Smith

        “World Geography And How to Exploit It (Including Brand New Tips on Staging Coups and Assassinations in Resource-Rich Countries)”

      • arglebargle

        How to procreate with a tiny peen.

      • Nockular cavity

        Introduction to Goose Stepping

      • BearOmNomNomOnBrad(AndJanet)

        Othering for Fun and Profit

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        White studies.

  • RobKanC

    As someone living in NC. This is terrifying. It’s a blatant attack on democracy. I hope McRory will not sign this shit. But I don’t have my hopes up. The national dems need to pour their resources here to make sure this shit doesn’t stand and hopefully make this a reminder of what it’s like to have republicans in charge. This is fascism, plain and simple.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Yeah. As an outsider, it sure looks like McCrory is a man of deep and abiding principles.

      • RobKanC

        He is an asshole. Somehow bamboozled everyone cos he was mayor of one of the most diverse cities in the country. I was glad he was gone but this, this is deeply upsetting. I didn’t lose my faith in democracy even when Clinton lost but this would be the final straw.

      • yyyaz

        1. Money
        2. Power
        3. Fuck everything else

  • Michael Smith

    “some people believe Morgan might have won because voters thought he was a Republican”

    To be fair, Republican voters are easily confused so I could see that happening.

  • lroom

    These fuckers can stop calling themselves American any more. The Republicans are now the party of traitors. Every single one of them.

  • JVisconti

    The new Guv should change his 1st name to Gary and many NC oldz will say, good guy, I liked his movies.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      If he really wanted to win, he’d change his name to Andy Griffith.

  • memzilla Ω

    Using the Greek word for “white,” Rethuglicans’ fondest dream is to turn this whole country into an asprotocracy.

    • yyyaz

      Or a proctocracy.

  • The DepravedDemmeFatale

    I love you, wonkers, but trump is really getting to me, (tech summit and the attack on science was a new gut punch) and i can’t handle any of the gop jiggery-pokery right now.
    My heart goes out to all you red state wonkers.
    Keep fighting the good fight!
    See you soon.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Take a break….you’re gonna need it…

    • SessileRaptor

      Right there with you on needing a break to maintain some semblance of sanity.

  • Michael Smith

    It seems to me that we are in a bit of a counter-revolution. The conservatives, whose views and superstitions have been losing power for decades, became radicalized during Obama’s administration. Since that time, they have adopted a policy of destroying the system in order to save it, which includes going outside the law and ethics to prevent democracy from functioning, if that democracy threatens to bring liberal reform.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      The central ethical question of our time is – can liberals win without using the same tactics?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Good question. Follow-up – if forced to use the same tactics, can they even claim to be liberals anymore?

        • pstockholm

          There’s a lot of space between resistance and petty obstructionism of the Teabagger/R type. Dems need to fill that space.
          Someone posted this today, looks worth the time to read:

          I would add to that congressional Dems need to stop imagining they are dignified tribunes of the people. This is a knife fight, and the winner needs to get down in the dirt and fight. Doesn’t mean they have to fight dirty, but they have to be willing to get dirty.

          • Amy!

            Read it, share it, use it.

            I want a Wonkette article on that essay.

      • h4rr4r

        If they can’t win they don’t matter.

        • Moebym of the Resistance

          You make me look like a sunny optimist.

          So what do you propose?

          • h4rr4r

            Blood for the blood god, skulls for the skull throne.

            Not really, I propose winning. Handicapping yourself before you begin is not a good idea.

      • willi0000000

        i think the only thing that will work is “the incessant drumbeat.”

        every time they do something that hurts anyone not in the privileged class we have to make it heard . . . LOUD . . . and don’t let up on it when they do the next unamerican thing, just add it to the list until the list gets too long . . . then drop the less egregious items until just before the next election rolls around then both barrels.

        kinda like a 50-state, 24/7 strategy.

    • Courser

      Big picture, I think you hit the nail on the head. This is why they freely colluded with the Kremlin to win the election. They knew they couldn’t win in an open election. So they conspired to disseminate propaganda. Jesus Christ what are they teaching kids in high school these days? I was taught how to identify propaganda and bias in reports via newspaper or whatever in HIGH SCHOOL!! It was a core class, like History or probably Civics, do they not teach those anymore??

      • yyyaz

        I blame Paul Simon:
        “When I look back on all the crap
        I learned in high school,
        It’s a wonder I can think at all.”

      • Michael Smith

        I remember learning to spot bias in my AP American History class, which was my senior year, and you had to pay to take it because it gave you college credit. Before that, I can’t remember teachers asking us to think about “What is the author’s perspective? Does that perspective affect the way this account is written? Give examples, etc.,”

        • arundel

          Wait, you were in high school and had to pay to take a US History AP class? Are you kidding me? I took AP English and AP Euro history, but I wasn’t presented with a bill for it- being a brokeass teenager and all, ha.

          Seriously though- you had to be selected to take AP courses, you had to have the grades and aptitude. This was the 80s. Paying to take AP courses boggles me- is this really a thing? Because sounds like a great way for mediocre students with rich parents to get ahead. Kind of devaluing the whole thing. Jesus.

          • Michael Smith

            Yeah it was pretty ridiculous now that I consider it, though at the time (2005) I didn’t think anything of it. Technically, you didn’t have to pay to take it – you just had to pay if you wanted to get college credit for it. In other words, you had to pay to take the test at the end, and if you got a high enough score on it, most colleges would accept it as a college course.

            My fiance took AP Euro when she was in high school (about the same time as me, but she grew up elsewhere), and I was surprised to hear that she didn’t get college credit for it. Unlike mine, her parents wouldn’t pay for her to take the test. And I know she would have scored high enough to get the credit, so it was simply a function of her inability to pay.

            I don’t remember if there was any aptitude test – I think anyone could take it, as long you either paid for it or were willing to accept that even if you do well in it you won’t get the same credit as other people because your parents didn’t have as much money.

          • arundel

            Ah, I see. I don’t think I got any college credit for it, I don’t think it was mentioned. It was just considered a really good thing when applying to colleges.

      • Lefty Frizzell

        We actually had a supercool class project to do on media bias – portraying Brighton in a positive or negative light.

        The positive team had the beach, hotels, conference center, blue skies, and finished with a sunset over the pier fading to the Beatles “Sun, sun sun, here it comes!”

        The negative team did grainy black and white of dog turds, garbage and homeless people to a soundtrack of Stockhausen.

        Very effective on both sides!

        • Objectifer

          English people in swimsuits. I’m thinking that is on the neg side.

      • Randy Riddle

        Translation: “Burn, baby, burn.”

      • Yellow_Dog_Dem

        They do teach them but they are now taught by teabaggers who say things like “I’m just playing devil’s advocate” before they sell these kids some serious bullshit. My son, who is a raging lefty on most issues, still believes that if you raise the minimum wage it will hurt the economy despite all my evidence sharing to the contrary. His US Government/Economics teacher spouted that crap for a year and he still believes it.

    • Paganish

      I disagree on a single point: the Republicans aren’t trying to save democracy. They will hold onto it viciously, and they would rather burn it down and destroy it completely than let their power fall into the hands of Democrats. Plain, simple, spiteful evil.

      • Michael Smith

        I think that respect for traditional privilege is their highest law, and that they use democracy as a tool to protect it. But there are other tools, too: propaganda in media, racism, red scares, suppression of philosophies and groups who might threaten the status quo. These all are supposed to work together. In conservatives’ minds, privilege is necessary because the elite class provides stability through a relative monopoly on political power. Without this, they fear, there will be anarchy. It just so happens that they themselves get to be the elite. Pure coincidence, there.

        Thus, if democracy threatens to undermine privilege, then it is acceptable to subvert democracy to save the larger system.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          Privilege=Money in my thinking. “The want of money is the root of all evil.” explains everything, everything the Rethuglicans do. They know that progressives count the human cost, not the dollar cost so they hate us because our beliefs are actually in line with the goals of the US Constitution.

  • Lefty Wright

    I keep repeating this, but every other state is going to have to work a lot harder if they want to replace North Carolina as the most politically corrupt state in the country. We were tied or ahead of the pack in voter disenfranchisement, ignoring environmental regulations, screwing the workers, screwing the state employees and teachers, screwing the public schools and colleges, cutting citizens rights and generally making the state a GOP cess pool. I’m particularly amazed at the balls of the legislature actually providing a handy dandy on line calculator showing how much people would save in state taxes from their income tax cuts a few years ago. Using it quickly showed that many people making $50,000 a year or less end up paying more total state tax after the income tax cuts because they ended things like earned income credits, expanded sales tax on things like electric power to your house, and increased fees. Middle income people barely broke even but the wealthy pocketed thousands of dollars at tax time. So Texas, Kansas, Florida, Wisconsin and other red states, you have your work cut out for you.

    • Scrofula

      I’d say WV has you beat for state cesspools, but then I realized those residents are too busy dying off to compete.

  • baconzgood

    I know I sound like a broken record…Fuck the South.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Spin that shit.

      • baconzgood

        “You see me spinnin, records it makes me high
        I got a bunch of 33s and 45s”

        -Luscious Jackson-

        • MynameisBlarney

          “Time Is Runnin’ I’m Passin’ I’m Passin’ And Runnin’

          I’m Runnin’ And Passin’

          So You All Better Get Right At This Time

          ‘Cause There Might Be No Next Time Ya’ll”

          Beastie Boys.

        • chicken thief

          He play power forward for the Seattle SuperSonics back in the day?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Hey now.
      I’m in the South, ya know!?

    • Paperless Tiger

      Don’t look now but the North is basically Canada.

  • TheGrandWaz00

    Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the NC Legislature’s new book.

  • anwisok

    “we are going to continue to be a relevant party in governing the state.”

    And they had minimize the Governor’s powers because being the majority in both houses of the lege simply isn’t enough to ensure they remain relevant. Isn’t that obvious?

  • Bill D. Burger

    Welcome to North Carolina: Birthplace of Lung Cancer and Butthurt.
    Set your clocks back 100 years.

  • JVisconti

    North Carolina, when South Carolina just won’t do.

    • anwisok

      Oh, that’s going to change. Nikki was pretty sane. Her replacement, OTOH, is total teabagger.

      • yyyaz

        So, like when we lost Janet Napolitano to Bamz’ cabinet and got Jan Brewer instead. Wunnerful.

  • dslindc

    This is the most shady, underhanded bullshit.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      You left off “today”.

      • Lefty Frizzell

        “so far today”

  • Bill D. Burger
  • baconzgood

    God. Republicans have been such pissy whining babies since Newt Gingrich became the Speaker of the House.

  • Scooby

    Funny, Roy Cooper doesn’t look like a Kenyan Muslim.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Republicans do not like actual democracy.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      That’s okay They don’t seem to particularly care for Americans either.

      • yyyaz

        Unfair!! They care very deeply about Americans. At least the ones with a net worth of at least $100 million.

    • JVisconti

      Those 3 million illegal voters in CA somehow made their vote count in NC. Obviously.

      • shastakoala

        I blame Brad.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      You know what makes a real smooth transition of power? If we don’t actually transition the power.

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        I hope Barry B Obama is reading this. HINT, HINT.

    • eggsacklywright

      It’s a simple formula: if you can’t win, CHEAT!

    • If the people don’t know what’s best for them, why should they get a say in things?

  • shastakoala

    This is what happens when toddlers never grow out of the aggressive temper tantrum phase.

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      The Terrible Twos, lasting forever.
      Excuse me, need to vomit in terror.

  • JVisconti

    This is akin to 1860 NC guv, John Willis Ellis (h/t Google) saying Abe Lincoln is not my real dad.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    You know that one weird trick where the Democrats could vote to approve Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Spreme Court? They should totally do that.

    • Yes. Just because.

    • Yeah, there is literally no downside to this. “Oh no, the Republicans will be angry and then they’ll behave like dicks”. That’s Republican baseline.

  • There is no bottom to the bottomless barrel of gop dickishness.

  • TJ Barke

    Government by spite.

    • yyyaz

      Outstanding. I’ll just add that instead of cutting off Liberty’s nose, they’re going to take a blowtorch and acid to her face as well.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      People vote Republican in spite so why not?

      • OrG

        Yep,they’ll show us liberal elitists,even if it means we all die.Take that Liberals!

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    In other news, Obama signs an executive order declaring that no more executive orders may be issued, not even to reverse previous ones.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Try to keep this mind this holiday season…×387.jpg

    • OrG

      To be fair,Jesus never gave me any presents.

      • MynameisBlarney

        For real though, dudes just CONSTANTLY guilt-trippin.

      • Jenny


        • beingreleased

          But I wanted an X-box.

          • Jenny

            X-box was created by the debil!!!

          • MynameisBlarney

            So then the PS4 must be made by angles.

          • Jenny

            Babby angles!

          • MynameisBlarney

            Acute babby angles!

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            Not all babby angles are cute…

          • MynameisBlarney

            True, some are complementary babby angles.

          • chicken thief

            You got that right.

          • Jonny On Maui

            Obtuse babby angles!

          • Michael Smith

            Actually it was made through the combined efforts of the Saxons and the Jutes.

          • BearOmNomNomOnBrad(AndJanet)

            That would mean you no can haz bathroom in NC…

    • yyyaz

      So saints have to wrestle with the implications of infanticide? Who knew?

    • UncleTravelingMatt


      • snark-lurker

        no brads GF totalled him then happy danced

        • Meccalopolis

          No brad, no floorshow

  • Oblios_Cap

    He’s twatting again:

    • shastakoala

      Nuts for the nut.

  • Cismontane

    Maybe we need to start doing stuff like this. Just let us know when we can start disappearing the Rs here in California.

    • OrG

      Can Oregon join in on that?

    • SDGeoff 2.0

      Count me in, please.

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      ‘Republicans? In California? Nope, no Republicans here. Oh, by the way, you should see the new exhibit at the LaBrea Tar Pits! Genuine Neanderthal skeletons!’

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    See what happens when you release an all female Ghostbuster movie???

  • Latverian Diplomat

    We are not going to make voter fraud a capital offense

    “For now, we prefer it remain a capitol offense”
    NC Republican State Legislators

  • Mavenmaven

    Wasn’t that the GOP’s beloved tea party motto, “you know, taxation without representation”.

  • arglebargle

    I voted for the sheriff,
    and they say it is a capital offense.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      But did you vote for the deputy?

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    They also passed a law that the governor must dress like a clown at all public events. This provision may be repealed by a simple vote after the next election.

  • Jennifer R

    I knew they were going to steal it some how. I take not enough satisfaction from being right.

  • willi0000000

    at least he didn’t say “…speculated by Democrat Party, rumored by Democrat Party, and fed by Democrat Party.”

  • boyblue123

    “Sorry, the governor can’t be more than a figurehead unless his or her party’s affiliation is republican”

    -Sincerely yours,
    The clown car filled by NC reps and senators

  • Jonny On Maui

    So since I’ve spent most of my life under a rock, when did shame go away?

    • OrG


    • HorseChestnut

      Silly Jonny, shame is only for minorites to feel.

    • yyyaz

      November 4, 1980.

  • Jamoche
    • boyblue123

      Is Trump going to hire a Sputnik or Russian Today executive to run the FCC

      • Spurning Beer

        “Hamburger Meat” Ailes.

        • boyblue123

          yeah, thatd make sense

      • Jamoche

        Comcast tops Consumerist’s “Most Evil Company” list on a regular basis, so their CEO must be qualified.

  • Paperless Tiger

    I’ve about had it with these naked power grabs. The Republicans are running around showing their ass and demanding that everyone kiss it. Unfortunately, some do.

  • Spurning Beer

    Sounds like Mayberry is going all Ernest T. Bass.

    • Sparger

      Sometimes you could reason with Ernest T. Bass. The GOP not so much.

    • CBloom

      I actually live in Mayberry, and yes, you have assessed the situation correctly. The 30% of us who are libs all know each other, and are wearing our safety pins.

      • Jennifer R

        How is Mars Hill doing these days?

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        You might want to add a flak jacket to that.

  • Clyde Barrow

    This is the result of gerrymandering, forming a government that fails to function because of entire districts that are locked into an ideology that refuses to budge, and is nearly impossible to unseat.

    So continue to enjoy your boycotts, North Carolina.

    • Gorillionaire

      So true. Before the census my rep was a popular Democrat with a brain. Now my rep is a former Baptist minister who wants to bomb Mexico.

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        Suggest he deliver the bomb himself. That would solve any number of problems.

  • Sheepshagger

    Some one once wrote, in relation to the Bosnian genocide, that the best explanation he could come up with for human behaviour was that a black cloud of murderous insanity circles the earth and occasionally came down in random spots to remind us of the futility of life. It seems very cloudy at the moment.

    • Courser

      I thank my lucky stars that I live in a very multi-ethnic community because I’ve gotten to the point that unknown white people scare me. My friends are okay, though I likely view their speech and attitudes much more closely these days, but white people I don’t know? Not particularly interested in getting to know them either.

      • Bridge Is Burned So Go Forward

        I’m white and feel the same way when I travel to certain places. (I live in an awesome blue state.)

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        I’ll be going to Erie PA some time in the next five weeks. I think I might spend the whole visit hiding in my friend’s living room.

      • Oh. I thought it was just me.

      • Buzz1313

        Wow- so I’m not alone. It’s been scary to observe certain white behavior since the election. Like their side “won” but they’re still angry. Like the Trump voter and certain Repubkicans who fear voter fraud.. but don’t want a recount in this particular election outcome. They know it’s an illegitimate win. They’re terrified it will be snatched away. I’m living in northeast Indiana now and I don’t speak to self described Trump voters.

  • Shibusa
  • Crystalclear12

    So. . . the GOP has officially given up foreplay before they screw us. They don’t even try to get us drunk first

  • whitroth

    Damn it! I was hoping that Dictator Obama would round ’em all up and put them in reeducation camps….

  • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

    “We could do a hell of a job on these here enemies of freedom and democracy if we didn’t have to worry about the danged voters!”

  • BearOmNomNomOnBrad(AndJanet)

    Must remember, human solutions, with votes, cannot #chomp.
    Must remember, human solutions, with votes, cannot #chomp.

  • chicken thief

    Pussies. They should have just made the Governor a figure head position – like the Queen of England and have the legislature appoint a State Administrator to do the actual jerb of Guvner.

    • mfp

      youmean, like michigan?

  • Blackest Noobs

    Seriously what in the fuck is scaring the fucking bejesuses outha white folks these days?

    like my state, the Vagina as i affectionately call it, tried in the last election to make their fucking shitty right-to-work law part of our state’s constitution ( apparently fucking whitey in my state is scared that some day the legislature won’t be as white or as Republican, and we might reverse their shitty right-to-work law)

    jesus..get a grip white folks….we ain’t gonna run you outha town or string you up on a tree, that’s your thing, we’re not dicks like you.

    • True story: They forgot to tell their followers how to vote on that one. Apparently, by voting NO the conservatives round here abouts thought they were saying no to unions.
      I kid you not.

      • Blackest Noobs

        ha ha ha ha that would serve them right for trying to word those amendments so fuckupably.

    • whitroth

      Simple answer: the GOP and their owners have been pushing BE SCARED for a century. They lost their big bugaboo when the USSR collapsed, but 9/11 was *more* than everything they wanted. So they, with overwhelming help from Faux and Limberger, have been screaming BE AFWAID, BE VEWWY AFWAID for over 15 years… so they are.

      “Home of the brave and land of the free” is biggest bullshit ever. Home of the cowards and land of the terrified is more like it.

      • Moebym of the Resistance

        If the terrorists’ aim was to destroy the US from the inside, they’re succeeding beautifully.

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          Mission Accomplished!

  • sweet freedom

    The 2010 election continues to wreak havoc, not only in this state, but around the country. If the Dems don’t get out in force in 2018 to begin reversing course within these state legislatures, we’re in serious trouble.

    • mfp

      we arent now?

  • Ray in VT

    What a strange coincidence the the N.C. GOP waited until after a Democrat won the Governor’s race to reduce the power of the Governor and give some of it to themselves in the state house.

  • whitroth

    Article in the NYT, that the Dem winner is threatening to sue the state GOP. Also, that the Dems in the legislature were surprised by the extra special session.

  • bobbert

    Remind me why North Carolina is the “good” Carolina.

    • Me not sure

      Hopefully that’s the last time anyone will attempt to equation goodness with Carolina politics for a while.

    • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

      South Carolina.

  • Meccalopolis

    Aye, little Jimmy O ‘Crat. Knew him well

  • Gorillionaire

    Dallas Woodhouse is sleazy little ratfucker. He has Koch and ALEC tentacles so far into his orafices they are practically arm wrestling inside of him.

  • TootsStansbury

    “Power grab”. Such a fun sounding description of a fascist coup.

    • freakishlystrong

      And so similar to “pussy grab”..such shocking assholishness..

  • Yuengling

    My five year plan has been to move out of this hideous state. Now I’m feeling obligated to stay to attempt to counteract the insanity. Ugh.

  • Bite-My-Bippy

    Time to get that NC Boycott going again and demand the GOP undo this sh*t. Make NC citizens aware that their GOP leaders have nothing better to do than cause them to lose money and be the laughing stock of the nation.

  • Foreign Agitator Ron

    ‘Looks like North Carolina’s going to continue to be loads of fun to report on in 2017, even if the state Assembly is somehow blocked from abolishing voting by any party whose name contains the letters “ocrat.”’

    In 1921 the New York State lege passed the Lusk laws, essentially outlawing the Socialist Party. And while they were repealed in 1923, I see no reason to think that these embarrassments to civilisation wouldn’t try something similar.

  • Skaarphy

    This is because of Trump. Legislature realized that most people really don’t give a shit. Like, REALLY don’t give a shit. As long as they get what’s theirs. Democracy, shmemocracy.

  • shoeflyin
    • gaybymml96


      I wish I was there – I have some choice words for these sister-fuckin’ hicks called Republithugs.

  • SterWonk

    Leaving all the rest of the shenanigans aside, WT-ever-loving-F is with elected judges? Who thought that was a good idea? Yes, let’s let people pander to the people who elect them, by handing out longer sentences and more frequent death sentences! Brilliant! (And there’s been studies showing that that actually happens – elected judges are harsher in election years. <headdesk>)

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Proving once again, as Bill Maher has pointed out time and time again, Republicans can’t win unless they cheat.

  • Shag D

    This is exactly why the democratic party HAS to fight as dirty as they do. The GOP makes sleazy moves like this and wins power without any real repurcussions. If the Democratic party wants to have a future they need to work the system as hard as the other side does.

    Shenanigans like this make my blood boil more than anything else and they *never* get a spotlight on their dirty tricks in most media.

    GOP = Greedy Old Party

  • JCfromNC

    Presumably, once the people come to their senses and elect another Republican governor, the General Assembly willp ut everything back like it was.

    I wouldn’t count on it. NC has what’s known as a “weak” governorship, where the lege holds more power than the governor does (“checks and balances” are apparently not a thing we’re big on here). So they’ll probably be happy to hold on to any new powers they can get, at least until the shoe is on the other foot and it’s their guy in the capitol building and the Dems in charge at the lege, and they start spending all their time whining about all the great things they’d do, if only the mean ol’ Dems didn’t have all the power.

  • Mike Steele

    Lady MS here: Friend of 40+ years retired to NC, voted Trump. In the interest of remaining friends, we’d agreed in advance of this election not to discuss politics. Votes are in. All topics are on the table. Her state is a goatscrew. She acknowledged this AND the indisputable fact that, if Planned Parenthood were universally supported, there wouldn’t be so many loathsome abortions. This, from a Catholic. Given enough time, and enough betrayals, perhaps some of the more flexible (read: less ignorant) folks who led us to this tragic outcome will see the error of their ways and help us make a correction…but I doubt it:(.

  • Zyxomma

    I. Just. Can’t.

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