Failed State

Republicans in North Carolina’s state Senate played a jolly prank on Democrats last week, and it’s just hilarious how it all turned out, apart from how it screws over poor kids who might want to go to college. But they get screwed all the time anyway, so they should be used to it! You see, the Rs were very unhappy that the Ds had taken last Thursday night’s debate on the state budget past midnight. The Dems kept putting forward dumb bills to advance their budget priorities — some of which which align with the priorities of Gov. Roy Cooper, who shouldn’t even be allowed to be governor since he’s a Democrat. After several Democratic amendments were voted down, the Rs took a two hour recess, returning to the floor at 3 AM with a brand new amendment Republican state Sen. Brent Jackson said would help fight the opioid amendment with a million dollars in new funding. What a swell guy! Cooper had asked for $15 million to fight opioid addiction, but this was a start, right?

Jackson didn’t mention where the additional $1 million would come from: directly from education programs in Senate Democrats’ districts and other initiatives the minority party sought.

Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram’s rural district in northeastern North Carolina took the biggest hit from the amendment. It strips $316,646 from two early college high schools in Northampton and Washington counties, and it specifically bans state funding from supporting a summer science, math and technology program called Eastern North Carolina STEM.

Haha, gotcha, Dems! You pissed off Republicans by pretending your constituents deserved representation in a Republican-majority Senate, so now your stupid old high school students will pay the price for your arrogance! This is how democracy works, fuckers!

That STEM program had served about 90 students a year, many of whom are poor and black, but screw them, they also defied the will of the majority by not living in Republican districts, which had no cuts to their education funding.

“I don’t know what motivated the amendment, but it will have a devastating effect on an area that is already suffering,” Smith-Ingram said Saturday, adding that the STEM summer program would shut down if the provision is in the final budget.

Clearly not wanting to call political ratfucking what it obviously is, Smith-Ingram said she thought the amendment must have resulted from some “miscommunication” about the amendments being offered by Democrats. We don’t know. Sounds like the Rs got their point across pretty clearly, somehow.

“The future of children should not be caught up in a political disagreement between members,” she said.

That’s a fine sentiment, miss, but you need to be taught who’s boss, and not to make Republican lawmakers stay up too late with your quaint notion that Democrats’ children are people.

In addition to the cuts for schools, the amendment modified funding for a program that funds college students working on education degrees to serve as teaching assistants in public schools. Oh, this one is a hoot, too, if you’re a good ole boy:

The funding level for the program didn’t change, but seven counties represented by Smith-Ingram and fellow Democratic Sen. Angela Bryant were removed. Instead, the program will only apply to several counties represented by Republican senators.

Guess now those pissant Dems will respect the Republicans’ authoriteh! As if logic mattered, Smith-Ingram pointed out the cuts will hurt counties that already have the state’s highest teacher turnover rate, and where teaching assistants could be of some help. Silly lady. This has nothing to do with education at all, and you know it. It’s about teaching Democrats some manners. While they were at it, the Rs cut funding for fresh produce in school lunches, because fresh produce is of the Devil and his wife, Michelle Obama.

Oh, there was also an extra little cut aimed at Gov. Roy Cooper, who has the temerity to believe that just because he got a majority of the vote, he’s allowed to be governor: The amendment eliminated funding for a “federal legislative programs coordinator,” which oughta show him! The eliminated position had helped the state secure federal recovery aid for Hurricane Matthew, a Cooper spokesperson said. With that job gone, Cooper will have more trouble actually getting the $900 in federal aid he requested — only $6 million has come in so far — so maybe people hurt by the hurricane will get mad at him and elect a Republican. Serves ’em right for electing a Democrat, since as you can see Democrats just make life worse for their constituents.

Two Democrats voted for the amendment, but Smith-Ingram said they had only done so because they weren’t aware of the cuts hidden in the text — the amendment was brought up for a vote within a minute of being introduced. One Democrat, Sen. Don Davis, tried to ask a question before the vote, but wasn’t recognized to speak. Damned if they were going to let the Democrats slow things down even more with their dumb “questions.”

Tuesday, state Senate leader Phil Berger defended the 3 a.m. amendment, saying it was a terrific idea that would help “address, without raising taxes, the opioid crisis” but without the “large tax increase” the Democrats had proposed. The Democratic amendment, by Sen. Paul Lowe, didn’t actually raise taxes, but it did seek to fully fund $15 million for opioid programs by reducing the size of a state income tax cut the Republicans want. But hey, a smaller tax cut is exactly the same as raising taxes, isn’t it?

Oh, yes, this does get better: Lowe’s formula would have left the Republican personal income tax cut exactly the same — from from 5.499 percent to 5.35 percent — for married couples making under a million dollars a year. It would have left the slightly higher rate in place only for the rich, which we guess is socialism.

Wait! We’re not done yet! Just GUESS where the increased funding for opioid addiction treatment programs will go! Guess! Did you guess that it will go only to new programs in six counties that are all represented by Republican senators? You are a very good guesser!

Now, there is some small bit of hope in this sad fiscal fuck-tussle: Historically, the North Carolina House has often restored funding for cuts that the Senate budget has made. The House budget is due two weeks from now, and the Republican chair of the Education Committee has already said he expects to restore other education funding cut by the Senate; he appears not to have yet commented on Friday’s amendment, however.

So there’s your update on the state the Electoral Integrity Project said in December lacks essential features of a functioning democracy. Can’t imagine this episode is going to win the state much of an upgrade.

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  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I don’t know what motivated the amendment

    I’ll take “A pernicious combination of racism and partisanship” for $1000, Alex.

  • Michael R

    Unintentional Breitbart comedy headline of the day :

    Franklin Graham::
    ” All Churches Should Pull Out of the Boy Scouts Completely “

    • The Wanderer

      Franklin Graham needs to STFU. He’s worse than his father.

      • Michael R


      • Nockular cavity

        Oh no no no, with quotes like that, Rev. Fucko needs to keep running his fool mouth all. day. long.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Old man Billy had a remarkably astute grift going.

        First step – He got a slot on CBS in the earliest days of television. So he got to run his tent show faith-healing scam on the Tiffany network. He managed to keep under wraps his opinion of William Paley, which was that Paley was a dirty Jew. (Viz, his taped talks with Nixon.)

        Second step – When he hit town, he always made it clear to the local clergy that he would encourage new converts to continue to belong to and tithe to their home churches. So they didn’t feel threatened.

        Third step – He shamelessly kissed up to anybody and everybody in a position of political power.

        The upshot was that he got to buy a whole mountain, build a mansion or three that would have made Louis XIV declare it was too flashy and live the life of a corrupt dark ages Pope, Protestant-style.

        Franklin is far less subtle.

        • JCfromNC

          Random bit of trivia — the exit from I40 for the Graham compound is the same one I take to go to my mother-in-law’s house. All you can see are giant gates blocking the entire road from about 100 yards away from the interstate.

    • mailman27

      It’s not that they can’t do funny, they don’t know funny.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    That’s some fucked up shit right there.

  • CripesAmighty

    Nothing wrong with North Carolina that cannot be solved with a high-yield nuclear device.

    • cheetojeebus

      They’ve already done a dry run in 1961 over Goldsboro.

    • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

      Or a hurricane, if you wanna be fiscally responsible.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The funding level for the program didn’t change, but seven counties represented by Smith-Ingram and fellow Democratic Sen. Angela Bryant were removed. Instead, the program will only apply to several counties represented by Republican senators.

  • ManchuCandidate

    They don’t need no edumakashun.
    They just need to know who’s in control (answer: white racist right wing assholes)
    Hey GOPers, leave those kids alone!
    All in all it’s just another day ending in Y in NC.

  • BadKitty904

    Court case in 5…4…3…

  • BadKitty904

    OT: It’s Time to Impeach Donald Trump, Democrat Says on the House Floor
    “No one is above the law,” said Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). “That includes the President of the United States.”

    Too, also:

    • mailman27

      Remember when B Barry Bamz sang a couple of bars of this one? Good times.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I saw Donnie do the theme for Green Acres on some awards show. Obama he ain’t.

  • Cooper can veto this shit, right?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      I fucking hope so FFS.

    • FormerlyproudTarHeel

      Sure he can. Pigfucking evildoers hold veto-proof majorities in both our houses though. Plagues on them.

  • OneYieldRegular

    If North Carolina keeps going along like this, they’re gonna have to change that license plate motto from “First in Freedom” to “First in F*cked Up.”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Oh, there was also an extra little cut aimed at Gov. Roy Cooper, who has the temerity to believe that just because he got a majority of the vote, he’s allowed to be governor: The amendment eliminated funding for a “federal legislative programs coordinator,” which oughta show him! The eliminated position had helped the state secure federal recovery aid for Hurricane Matthew, a Cooper spokesperson said,

    Yo, North Carolina Republicans?

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    And this doesn’t violate the Equal Protection Clause or Article IX of the North Carolina Constitution because…?

    • GoutMachine

      IOKIYAR? Emails? Benghazi?

    • Oily Messiah

      Because its not a law yet… joking, but while I can’t speak to article 9 of NC const w/o more research, I doubt this would be an equal protection problem b/c political party is not a protected class, and thus the law would be subject to rational basis review, which means that as long as the NC legislature could state a legitimate government interest to which the cuts were rationally related, the law would pass muster. This standard of review is generally very deferential to the legislature.

  • jesterpunk

    That just goes with what the US congressional republican congress critters have said, only republicans are allowed to govern. If a democrat does it then it is against the law. Hey voters when are you going to realize republicans dont care about you unless your rich?

  • doktorzoom

    In other news, a delegation from the government of North Korea is visiting with NC Republican lawmakers to swap ideas. “We’re excited by their fresh take on things,” said one of the visiting officials.

    • shastakoala

      North Korelina. Just sayin’.

      • New SC Motto “We’re no longer the bad one!”

        • Oily Messiah

          Its no longer North and South Carolina, now we have the DRPC and the RoC

      • “M”


        That rogue state is where I figured NJ had gotten the idea from.

      • doktorzoom

        Nice :D

    • That’s not far from the truth, Dok. I go into my rep’s office to speak to Virginia Foxx and her minions about “things” and it’s like they speak an entirely different language there.

      They don’t seem to understand anything I say.

      • Jukesgrrl

        OMG … Foxxy?? You poor thing. I thought I had it bad represented by Martha McSally. But at least she’s dealing with a full deck. An evil deck, but she’s not demented like Foxx.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          I WIN: I have Mitch McTraitor, Rand Paul, and Andy (barf) Barr. Trifecta, baby!

          • Claire

            Damn. Does anything grow where you live or is the ground hopelessly blighted?

  • Jeff Ackerman

    The Lieutenant Governor that replace Sarah Palin in Alaska talked to all the Democrats in the Legislature one by one after he took over from her, one of his questions was what projects did they want in their districts? The Governor has line item veto powers, so guess what he cut? Needless to say quite a few of them were voted out during the next election cycle. They all read the same book.

    • We need to stop trusting them to put the good of the people ahead of their power grab.
      How many times do we fall for the “eh, I do not agree with you, but SURELY you have people’s interest at heart?”

      • Claire

        We need to stop electing stupid democrats. At this point the “giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt” thing is starting to look like either elected Dems are too witless to go outside without supervision, or there’s something in it for them that we just don’t know about yet.

  • borninatrailer

    OT: There appears to be some murmuring about imminent Trump-related indictments/arrest warrants.

    While probably baseless because it would be far too good to be true, I hope you guys have the ChatCave well stocked with provisions (read: booze) should a marathon live blogging be needed.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    he House budget is due two weeks from now, and the Republican chair of the Education Committee has already said he expects to restore other education funding cut by the Senate; he appears not to have yet commented on Friday’s amendment, however.

    For the sake of the kids, I hope this will be his comment:

  • jesterpunk

    North Carolina remember when you tried to remove the governors power because he was a democrat and the courts smacked you down for it?

  • ariel_gee_398

    I’m exhausted just reading about the evil shitty plans all the time. Imagine how taxing it must be to actually have to come up with this bullshit.

    • jesterpunk

      Its easy for them, they just have to look at whatever democrats want and do the opposite.

    • It is easy to come up with these schemes.
      Just think to yourself “What petty, vindictive bullshit can I come up with that will hurt this person the most?”
      And then do that thing

  • Ok, I think I am ready for some concern troll to talk about both sides and how we need to reach out to people.
    Bring it along now, thank you.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Sounds a lot like Bridgegate — political punishment — only the victims are children. Republicans have no shame. Sad.

  • Suttree

    And this will not hurt them politically at all. Republicans will hardy har har because fuck your children stupid dems. Yee haw!

  • jesterpunk

    Remember this is the same state that wrote their voter id laws specifically so democrats couldnt vote.

  • Wild Cat

    Actually, I think NOT being exposed to a white-supremacist written syllabus might be better for one’s education, but:

    ACLU will win this one easily.

    And Fuck Dead Jesse Helms.

  • Disgusting, vile creatures. The lot of ’em.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      That’s an insult to disgusting, vile creatures everywhere.

  • Joe Beese
    • DrBigHead

      Oh, that’s soooo clever…..

    • Bozilingus

      “Spicer, get in here. Take this and return to the press room. Do what is necessary. Don’t return it until you are finished.” – DJT

      • Nicholas

        “Will no one rid me of this troublesome press?…no really, you two, get down there. Chop chop!”

    • Nockular cavity

      HUR HUR HUR!

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Maybe he’ll poke his eye out.

      • Bozilingus

        Someone should give him an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        True. Should he really be trusted with anything sharp at this point?

        • Amy!

          Good point!

          They should give him a ceremonial (but live, because that’s so much cooler) hand grenade instead.

        • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

          Why yes, yes he should – just clear the area first.

    • Doug Langley

      Should have given him a crate of cheese for all that whine.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Somewhere, Edward Bulwer-Lytton is laughing his ass off.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    I’m sick of hearing about America’s sick, dumb kids! When is someone going to think about MY needs, hngggh?

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Dok’s headline said all that needed to be said.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    They could not be more cartoonishly evil if they tried.

    • Oily Messiah

      Don’t tempt the fates

    • jesterpunk

      Even Lex Luthor gave up his businesses in the comics before running for President.

      • Oily Messiah

        But he did steal 40 cakes. that’s a lot of cakes

        • jesterpunk

          So now we know where to get the cakes for the Trump impeachment party.

        • Doug Langley

          Are they the cakes we like?

    • DrBigHead

      I can here the Repubs now…..

      “Hold my beer…..”

    • Mr. Blobfish

      State Senator Snidely Whiplash disagrees with this statement.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        State Senator Snidely Whiplash (R – Bumfuck)


  • Painter of Goats

    I’m a little confused. Are these Republican ratfuckers exemplifying family values or Christian values when they pull this kind of shit?

    • Oily Messiah

      They took half of the golden rule, so now they only “do unto others”

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        “Do unto others as you suspect they’d do unto you if they got the chance.”
        –Holy Bible, GOP edition.

      • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

        Is that the one about paying hookers less than minimum wage to pee on you because of tips?

    • BouncyFlyer

      How about “yes”?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Because I like even numbers, I’m glad the GOP passed this bill. I’ve been stuck on 9,999 reasons to despise Republicans for nearly 14 minutes.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    R’s believe in the Three S’s: Spite, Selfishness and Small-mindedness.

    • BadKitty904

      GOP – Gross, Old, and Petty

    • Wild Cat

      …and Shit-eating.

  • Suttree

    Did they get this idea from Betsy Devos, so that people would be more open to charter school?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Don’t underestimate these assholes. That bill was sitting on a shelf somewhere for a while.

    • Painter of Goats

      It only makes me open to vacationing anywhere but North Carolina. Too bad, they have lovely beaches.

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Speaking of vicious, criminal bastards…

    Jim Bakker: Making Fun of Trump Is the ‘Spirit of the Antichrist’
    Disgraced televangelist said the first horseman of the Apocalypse is here.

    • jesterpunk
    • Painter of Goats

      Well, I consider Donald Trump to be the first horse’s ass of the Apocalypse.

    • BosGrl

      STFU Jim Bakker and crawl back into your hole.

      • BadKitty904

        A Sensible Policy for a Better America.

    • clubseal

      Why only one though? He’ll be sitting around all awkward, looking at his phone constantly for messages from the other horsemen, muttering about how they’re always late.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Well, color me ol’ Pitch. Also, a guy that smells like sulfur should be careful about taking the Dark Lord’s name in vain.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Adulterous convicted felon says what?

    • cmd resistor

      Wait, I thought Mitt Romney was a White Horse, or something like that? Some kind of prophecy that they thought meant he was going to be president. Jim Bakker can suck dirt, also, too.

    • PubOption

      First horseman, conquest (largest Electoral College victory)
      Second horseman, war, (N. Korea)
      Third horseman, famine (agricultural workers deported)
      Fourth horseman, death (Trumpcare)

      Sounds pretty accurate.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    And NC voters are OK with this? That’s one fucked-up state.

    • Oily Messiah

      NC Voters don’t have a say because of the whole “North Carolina isn’t a functioning democracy” thing. The GOP took 50% of the vote and a supermajority of state senate seats.

  • clubseal

    I know it’s off-topic, but I might not be on the Wonkette when the open thread rolls ’round, so I thought I could treat you animals to a good laugh with this cartoon I found on Faceplace:

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The intelligence of horses is clearly over-rated.

      • clubseal

        The look on the girl’s face in the last panel is priceless.

    • Wild Cat

      Wait til he gets to Whitewater . . .

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Haha! Nothing is funnier than fucking with the lives of people who are literally dropping dead from addiction! (wiping away tears of laughter)

    • BosGrl

      No shit.

    • Ferroequinologist Ron

      They need to be careful – them’s Republican voters they’re fucking with!

  • Wild Cat

    ” . . . and the Colored Girls sing:
    ‘Nothing could be finer than to deny
    the white men of North Carolina
    Our vaginas in the mornin’
    Do-do-do-dah-do-dee-dee-do . . . “*

    *Man, I fucked up two songs, but those are two fucked-up states.

  • Jukesgrrl

    OT except that Ed Secretary Betsy Von Himmler fits into the story. New candidate for FBI director to be interviewed by Trump. Joe Lieberman. Yes, that Joe Lieberman. Former VP candidate and pretend Democrat. He introduced good ole Betsy to the Senate for her confirmation. Why you say? Again, follow the money to her brother Mr. Blackwater. Lieberman has always been in McCain’s back pocket. When McCain ran for president, Lieberman ran a Democrats for McCain group. Like Aunt Lindsey, Joe never met a bomb he didn’t think should be dropped on the Middle East. Other ticks against Lieberman? No, not he looks like he’s been pre-embalmed. That was always true. But I’ll count that at his advanced age (older than Trump) he’s likely to know ZERO about cybercrime, one of the FBI’s biggest challenges. Two, he left the Senate with something like a 25% approval rating. Three, his wife spent decades as a lobbyist for Big Pharma.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Guess Miss Lindsey and JohnnyMac are excited at the prospect of the 3rd Amigo’s return.

    • Wild Cat

      My refrain since 2000:

      WTF was Al Gore thinking?

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Never happen, just like Mittens would never be SecState. The Miller’s will not stand for it. He’s not evil enough.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It sounds like they are anxious to throw a tiny, old, stale dog biscuit to Democrats.

    • Wild Cat

      Lieberman? he played for the alt-Clash. Called himself Joe Hummer.

    • Bill D. Burger

      And David Clarke has just been asked to serve in Homeland Security. Yep…THAT David Clarke.
      The batshit crazy beat goes on.

    • Painter of Goats

      True story. I saw Joe Lieberman in person at the New Mexico State Fair while I showing goats. Now I think he might have been looking for one to fuck.

  • puredog

    OT: FCC about to launch drive to end net neutrality. FCC Chairman these days is Ajit Pai, pictured below. As has been noted: WHAT IS IT WITH THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR LITTLE ANUS-MOUTHS?

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      It does make it confusing to discover which end they are talking from, but being Republicans, we can always assume it’s their ass.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    OT, but this asshole only knows about three dozen people, all of whom have complimented him. Trump hires Sheriff David Clarke for the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Chadwells

    OT: Ding dong…

    “Alex Jones settles Chobani lawsuit and retracts comments about refugees in Twin Falls, Idaho”

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Still alive, though.

      • Chadwells

        You caught that….I was hoping people would think I meant he was a ding dong because I was too lazy to come up with something better!!

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Alex is not having a good year. First pizzagate and now this? It’s hard out there for a conman, I tells ya.

      • Chadwells

        And don’t forget his child custody case!

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Backing down like a cuck.

    • wavicles

      Bing bong

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      “The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Twin Falls last month, said that link had received more than 22,000 views as of April 21 and the tweet pushing it had more 147 retweets.”

      Yes, that’s 147. And what do advertisers pay to be glanced at by 22,000 knuckle-dragging morons?

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    I’m sure these Republican legislators will be soundly re-elected next year.

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    North Carolina: never failing to make me ashamed that I lived there for 25 years when I could have left after 17.

    This shit is petty as fuck and the people who voted for it should never have been allowed to hold public office. Unfortunately they live in NC, so I’m sure they were elected handily.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    FFS – have they NO shame?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Rhetorical question.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      No they don’t.

  • Bill D. Burger

    ot …but… Macron acts like Trudeau….and it’s awesome!

    Such fairness and equality….how can this be tolerated?

    [On Tuesday, French President Macron announced the members of his 22-person cabinet ― 11 of them are women, including Olympian Laura Flessel as Minister of Sports, and publisher Françoise Nyssen as Minister of Culture.

    Tuesday’s appointments come just a few days after Macron submitted his list of candidates for France’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Of over 400 names, half of them were women.]

  • Bitter Scribe

    Fuck people over, win elections, fuck people over some more.

    • satanscheerleadersloveamerica

      You have to admire the Rs tactics of pushing lies and ignorance to push their agenda. It is working. Hate and fear are an easy sell to the greedy and

  • anwisok
    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      I’m sorry, but is that puppy a cleft-palate, poor thing?

    • HorseChestnut

      That elephant is so jaunty!

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Fuckers. May every unmentionable befall every one of them, vote-wise. Slowly.

  • kaydenpat

    Can the Democratic Governor veto this bill? Democrats in N.C. need to fight back harder. We already know that Republicans are the devil. Why are we voting for any thing they put forward?

    • Lefty Wright

      The GOP has a veto proof majority in the legislature. It only takes a 60% majority for an override in NC.

      • kaydenpat

        Sorry to hear that.

  • marxalot

    The fleas of ten thousand camels to infest their underwear. Their children to pursue healthy lifestyles which they nonetheless find unacceptable. Their clams to always be canned.

  • mancityRed6

    would it be against commenting rules to hope that Brent Jackson and all the R’s who voted for the amendment grow taste buds in their anus?

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      It may be against the rules, but I like it!

  • Lefty Wright

    This is line with what they did two years ago and trying to do again this year, taking several million dollars in funding from that commie institute, the University of North Carolina law school. In 2015, it was because a law school professor wrote an article critical of the General Assembly. They also banned a private grant funded on campus program the professor headed that addressed poverty and work issues. They took $3 million in funding. This year they proposed a $4 million dollar cut and banning another private grant funded program that provides pro bono work for education issues.

  • Come here a minute

    When you want to raise taxes on one million dollar incomes, you have to remember that a million dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to and that it’s really just middle class.

    However, if you want public school teachers to make more than fifty thousand dollars, you must think they all want to live in luxury with their fancy yachts and stuff.

  • Gorillionaire

    I sent a tip in to Wonkette for this story. Whether or not it was my tip that inspired this beautiful rant, I am glad to see our state’s fascist party getting the Wonkette treatment they deserve.

  • Gorillionaire

    Would like to add that Senate Leader Phil Berger (R – Methlab) represents a district that practically has negative employment and is populated by a sparse tribe of hillbillies. The only “jobs” he seems to have created are the half dozen gigs he gave to some of his good ol’ boys as “advisors” earning 100K a year, practically the fucking grand prize lottery to someone in his district. Paid for by state tax dollars, of course.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    Phil Berger is a piece of shit!

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      I put some extra Ameros in the tip jar earlier this week. Thanks for reporting on these scumbags.

  • TootsStansbury

    The nicest most friendly people you’d ever want to meet. Under their skin suits they’re seething balls of racist spite. That’s so goddamn sad.

  • what, me worry?

    Wouldn’t something like this be prohibited by, oh, I don’t know… The Equal Protection clause?

    • handyhippie65

      equal? what’s this strange, string of syllables you have typed?

  • Scooby

    Democrats without an education are …well, just Republicans.

  • Ferroequinologist Ron

    They timed this pretty well. It all happened when everyone was distracted by Donnie and his buds.

  • SeeTrain65

    All this shit is literally making me sick. And I’m using the term ‘literally’ correctly.

    If I were even more crude, I’d show you the bucket I just threw up into.

  • BKScooter

    It took them two hours, starting at 1 AM, to return to the floor with this proposition? That’s a lot of time to generate the already-expected and pre-planned racism. Bet they had this ready to go for their bathroom laws, and needed to reuse it ASAP.

  • Nicky Ott

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  • Lamashtar

    This seems like a typo: “With that job gone, Cooper will have more trouble actually getting the $900 in federal aid he requested”

    • pstockholm

      A hundred here, a hundred there, soon we’re talking real money!

  • Panika MCD

    the NC GOP doesn’t seem to know how to do this amendment right. I’ve seen it a number of times in many forms, but it usually comes in the form of a party telling one of its own members they need to go take a fucking nap. they’ve done it to Jonathan Stickland in TX a number of times this year because he’s been killing everything on the Local & Consent Calendar since “WHAAAAA!!!! NO ONE TAKES ME SERIOUSLY BUT THESE 5 OTHER PEOPLE!!!!!!!” (it’s really up to 12 now who apparently don’t want to be taken seriously either ever again) and they usually do it by revoking all TxDOT funding for Bedford projects. then he sulks for an hour before storming the back mic again.

    this is not something you do to end a debate because you’re tired of the Democrats being Democrats in a red state and thinking they should have the same rights to have their amendments heard as everyone else. you do that by voting to end debate–which, unless it’s unanimous, you have to wait an hour after the vote for the end of debate to come–and that’s how it works. they did this on the “Sanctuary Cities” Ban which they are all now regretting because they thought they’d at least get a nice photo with Gov. Wheels signing to take to their districts next year even though most of them knew the bill was a shitburger and then–HAHA!–Gov. Wheels signed the thing on FaceBook. now everybody’s pissed–especially Lt. Gov. Dannie Goeb who really had his heart set on Sen. Cornyn’s seat and now has to suffice with fucking up the last few Sunset bills to force a special session so he can bitch and moan about bathrooms some more and give Bettencourt’s dreams of bankrupting the state even more hand jobs!

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    This is simple Republican economics! You see a problem, like kids not getting a good education, then you take money away from anything that might help. Problem solved! Because, as with tax cuts, the less money you take in the more money you get trickling into the old coffers! It’s magic!

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  • SkinlessGenderlessMan

    ……aaaaaand this would be the reason Mrs. SG Man and I are looking over the border in South Carolina for some property, not North Carolina. I figure the foothills of the Appalachians are pretty much okay no matter where are you are along them.

    If North Carolina can’t pull its head out of its legislative ass anytime soon, they’re not getting any of our money.

  • Moar Wordz

    How do we get them ?!?

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    I proppse we invade North Carolina and make it a democracy again. Its the only way

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

    Have this many people always had a flat disdain and disregard for other humans, and now we see it more easily because internet or are people getting worse, and does it really matter, and other reasons why we drink.

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