Top of the morning
The flap over the closed door meetings House Republicans held with video poker lobbyists continues. Even the conservative Freedom Communications newpaper chain is weighing in with editorials this week in two of its papers, the Gaston Gazette and the Shelby Star.
It is hard to sum up the scandal any better than this.
…the GOP leadership will not commit to opening these fact-finding caucus meetings, even after widespread criticism of the meeting with lobbyists about video gambling.Majority Leader Paul Stam said members will have the discretion to open such meetings. In other words, if they want to know something they don’t want the people to know, they’ll slam the door…
…House Republicans ought to be ashamed, especially those such as Rep. Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, who is co-sponsoring a bill for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing North Carolina citizens the right to access government information and meetings.
If House Republicans have nothing to hide, they’ll stop twisting the law to suit themselves, and they’ll stop favoring influence peddlers over the people who elected them.