McCrory’s Last Stand

In North Carolina, last month’s election unseated Governor Pat McCrory.  It was well past time, even though McCrory has been in office for less than four years.  McCrory, a one-term governor, has done tremendous damage to the state of North Carolina in his four-year tenure and needs to go.  Back in March/April, I wrote two posts about his homophobic actions: Let the South Secede and Sue???  Who’s suing who’s suing whom?  or … No More Potties.  To make a long story short, the topic of both posts was that McCrory passed legislation that forbade cities or municipalities from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of the LGBT community.  With McCrory’s move, LGBT persons living in North Carolina would be subject to discrimination in the workplace, in housing, in any public venue.  What followed was a series of lawsuits which remain in process at this time.

Last month, McCrory was defeated by a democrat, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper in an extremely close election. Not one to exit quietly, McCrory first refused to accept the results of the election, and when that didn’t work, he and his cronies got to work to limit the power of the governor’s office before Cooper takes office in January.

McCrory, who passed his anti-LGBT law through both houses of the North Carolina Congress, and signed the bill, all within an unprecedented twelve hours, is at it again.  Typically, it takes months, sometimes years to pass legislation through both houses and the executive branch, but McCrory, with a Republican-controlled state congress, is able to cut that time dramatically. Once again, he called a last-minute ‘special session’ as he did back in March, leaving almost no time for public discourse.

“Two major bills were approved by the legislature Friday. One of them, which was quickly signed by the departing Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, strips future governors of their power to appoint a majority to the State Board of Elections. The number of board members was expanded from five to eight, with the eight members to be evenly divided between the two major parties. It also changes the state court system, making it more difficult for the losers of some superior court cases to appeal directly to the Democratic-controlled Supreme Court. A second bill, which had not been signed by the governor as of Friday afternoon, strips the governor of his ability to name members of the boards of state universities, and it reduces the number of state employees the governor can appoint from 1,500 to 425. In another change, and one that could have the greatest impact in the near term, the bill makes the governor’s cabinet appointees subject to approval by the State Senate. Republicans currently enjoy veto-proof majorities in the House and the Senate, and the North Carolina governorship is historically a relatively weak office.”The Washington Post, 16 December 2016

Ever since McCrory took office in 2013, his approval ratings have dropped each year.  Democrats have widely protested his actions in a number of areas, including abortion, LGBT rights, and voting rights.  Earlier this year, GOP leaders launched a meticulous and coordinated effort to deter black voters, who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. The law, created and passed entirely by white legislators, evoked the state’s ugly history of blocking African Americans from voting. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the 4th Circuit recognized the legislature’s discriminatory intent and struck down the law. McCrory tried to appeal, but the Supreme Court refused to overrule the lower court’s order.

In other discriminatory moves, McCrory and his congressional minions have blocked Medicaid coverage for a half-million North Carolinians, transferred $90 million from public schools to voucher schools and cut pre-K for 30,000 children, repealed the earned tax credit for 900,000 people, denied, among other things, victims of employment discrimination the ability to sue in state courts, and blocked municipalities from raising the minimum wage. President of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP, Reverend William Barber hit the nail on the head: “If you want to know what a Donald Trump presidency will look like, all you have to do is look to North Carolina.”

The actions taken this month to reduce the power of the incoming governor are akin to trashing the inside of one’s house right before new tenants are to move in.  It is childish and in my opinion proves that McCrory did not have the temperament nor intelligence to become governor to begin with.  Yet, he still enjoys much support from North Carolina Republicans who, like Republicans in much of the rest of the nation today, are not interested in the greater good of their state, their nation, but concern themselves solely with their own comfort, pleasure and convenience.  In the words of Time Magazine writer Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., “Republicans in North Carolina have revealed their true colors, and they are not red, white and blue.” Pat McCrory attempted to set his state back decades with his discriminatory policies.  Good riddance, Mr. McCrory!

13 thoughts on “McCrory’s Last Stand

  1. Jill, being a NC citizen, this was a sad day in our state to see our GOP led General Assembly change the rules to restrict the authorities of the incoming Democrat governor. As an Independent and former Republican and Democrat voter, this action is embarrassing to our state and a slap in the face of Democracy. We already have a weak Governor model, with far more of the power residing in the General Assembly, so what McCrory fought against in his time there, he readily signed when he was leaving.

    It should be noted the last two General Assemblies have been sued successfully on five occasions for unconstitutional laws ranging from two forms of gerrymandering affecting state and US representatives, a Jim Crow-like voter iD law, eliminating tenure from teachers who already had it, requiring a sonogram for an abortion seeking woman, and its HB2 law part or all of which should be ruled unconstitutional this year.

    The General Assembly likes to tout a tax cut and surplus budget, but they fail to tell people, they increased other taxes and reduced fees, such that it was not really a reduction for many. They also failed to tell people they severely reduced unemployment benefits and took away teacher assistants. They did increase teacher pay, but only election years.

    And, with the HB2 law, we are harming our recruiting of industry and several planned events and moves have been altered as a result. What also harmed McCrory was the push for Lexus Lanes into Charlotte to help build a toll road. He committed our state to fifty years of toll roads with a Spanish company who has had other projects like this declare bankruptcy as it did not drive revenue in tolls.

    The fact McCrory lost in a state Trump won speaks volumes. Unfortunately, the bigger culprits reside in our General Assembly. Keith

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    • Yes, I thought of you as I wrote this, and knew it would hit home with you. I learned much from your comment … I was aware of some of it, but, for example, I did not know that they had attempted to eliminate tenure for teachers or that they had reduced unemployment benefits. And yet, these dolts keep getting re-elected! Sigh. I almost included the part about the toll road in my post, but didn’t want it to be too lengthy, but when I read that a few days ago, my jaw dropped. Some legal scholars say McCrory’s efforts will likely be overturned. Your thoughts? Do you have much hope that the incoming governor can make any positive changes? Thanks for your insightful comment!

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      • Jill, thanks for the thoughts. A little more detail might add some color. He said he would veto the sonogram bill during his first campaign, but did not. The portion of the teacher tenure bill which eliminated it for existing teachers was dumb the day it was announced – you cannot take easily take away what is earned and the only exceptions I have seen are in bankruptcy or near bankruptcy situations.

        Two other examples relate to his saying he was not in meetings that he was in. There was a pay to play example where a friend donated money to his campaign, but expected his prison maintenance contract to continue. When it did not, McCrory brokered a meeting to make sure it happened and then denied he was in the room. He was, but he later said he was there not paying attention.

        This happened again when his team accused the state toxicologist from making up testimony about his surprise the Governor’s office said water near a coal ash site was safe to drink. The toxicologist said he met with Governor and his people, but that part was not remembered. In fact, it was later admitted that the Governor’s office had not even read the testimony they claimed to be false.

        This formerly moderate Republican mayor of Charlotte who won seven terms as such, forgot who he was when he went to Raleigh as Governor.

        Keith

        PS – HB2 may be repealed tomorrow in a deal with the City of Charlotte. The latter repealed its bathroom law change and the state is having a special session to do the same. Of course, the state law added some LGBT discrimination language on top of its bathroom bill, which is what the NBA and ACC reacted to most.

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        • It amazes me that so many still support him after all this! He only lost by a very narrow margin. You live in an interesting state, my friend … but then, we all do these days. 🙂 Thanks for the additional info … I should make this guy Idiot of the Week soon!

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          • Jill, he was so disappointing. His Achilles Heel is he has a thin skin, not as thin as our President-elect, but pretty thin. I have met him a few times as we have a mutual friend. He could have been so much more if he governed like he did when he was mayor. I voted for him the first time when he ran for governor, but not the second. Keith

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  2. I’ve just been daydreaming. I was trying to imagine what it would be like if a Republican lost their seat and gave up gracefully. For some reason I was coming up blank.
    I’m guessing N Carolina is usually Republican state. It must have stung for the election to go to a Democrat. Maybe it’s a sign that even the Republican voters are getting fed up of the mind games their incumbents seem to play. There must be a way of stopping the State Legislatures from passing laws like these which are intended to impede the incoming.
    Something over there has to give before it’s Civil War again.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Wow … that was indeed a daydream you were having, and no wonder you were coming up blank! 😀 Actually, North Carolina has been pretty traditionally Democratic … unusual for a southern state. Hopefully their experiment with McCrory taught them some things, though he lost by less than 1%, so there are still some who support him and his bigotry. And yes, my friend, it would seem that we, as a nation, are more divided than ever. I don’t see any good coming out of it any time soon. Sigh. Thanks for the much-needed hug … and hugs back to you!

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  3. You know, when I “Like” your posts, it’s that I am appreciative of the meticulous research and amazing presentation of your articles. I don’t (for example in this case) actually like the goings-on that you are presenting about. Just thought I would let you know 🙂 I also don’t like that you have so much fodder for your blog, but I am glad you are blogging about it!

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    • You brought a smile to my face! 🙂 Yes, I understand that you’re not ‘liking’ the situation, but the fact that I’m addressing the situation, or perhaps the manner in which I address it. I am honoured by the term “amazing presentation”. The things I write are so depressing sometimes … it’s so nice to be appreciated! And no, I wish there were less fodder also … it would be nice to have nothing but happiness and good news to write about, but I don’t think that will ever happen … certainly not in the next 4 years!

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