Special session quickly becomes a circus

If anyone still had lingering notions that the GOP leadership in the N.C. General Assembly has any commitment to openness and due process, they simply MUST be disabused by the absurd chaos over at the Legislative Building today.  

We’re almost an hour into the special session and no one has yet really explained what the hell is going on. First the absurd defense of marriage amendment was going to be heard first in the Senate. Now it appears it will be the House. Meanwhile, the House Finance Committee is convening a hastily-called session on a tax matter completely unrelated to the ostensible reason (amending the constitution) for the session.

These guys are shameless.



  1. Rob Schofield

    September 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    And to make matters worse, the House is holding the hearing on the marriage amendment in the smallest committee room possible.

  2. Rev. Carl Johnson

    September 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Sure, smoke and mirrors, bait and switch, all done by those whose agenda is nauseating and narrow minded. And the only way they hope to pass it is to keep obfuscating, ducking, and lying about it.
    Open government process, my fanny.

  3. frances

    September 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    The Republicans are just following the format of the Democrats for the last 100 plus years.

  4. James

    September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm


    You have a penchant for excusing malicious behavior because someone else has engaged in that behavior previously.

    Are you really so amoral as to condone this kind of corruption and divisiveness?

    Progressives have fought political abuse and secrecy for years, regardless of which party was in charge.

    Sad to see such pettiness and petulance in a person who is presumably a grown, thinking woman.

  5. david esmay

    September 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    This is a giant waste of time and money, regressivism is epidemic with conservatives, tomorrow has no value to them. In a couple of years when same sex marriage gets federal approval the 14th amendment will render these state laws obsolete, if it doesn’t already. This is clearly a move by the right to deny civil rights to the citizens of this state, any law that grants rights to one group and not another, or that restricts the rights of one group and not everyone, is a violation of the 14th amendment. Equal rights donot undermine the institition of marriage, nor do same sex partners’ desire to marry diminish anyone else’s marriage. Civil rights should never be placed on a ballot, allowing people to vote on the rights of other’s is a dangerous game.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    September 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    My point to James is you and your liberal minded friends excuse Democrats and attack Republicans. There is so much corruption with Perdue she may not be able to serve out her term. RC Soles behavior makes any person sick to their stomach. But never a word from Progressive Pulse or Blue NC.The is no excuse for bad behavior, but you all just see it one way. Chew on your own two faced lips.

  7. david esmay

    September 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Huh? Frances have you completely missed the subject of this thread? Shifting times, chambers, and denying the public the right to weigh in on the debate only exposes the cowardice of people like Tillis, Stam, and Folwell. These are small minded men corrupting the democratic process, and history will not be kind to them.

  8. Tara

    September 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    The Republicans are foaming at the mouth alright but I doubt it’s because they care so much about gay marriage. This clumsy but effective maneuver puts them (they believe) in the catbird seat by bringing their base base out to vote for them. Yes, I mean base base. I really hope it blows up in their hypocritical faces.

  9. Frances Jenkins

    September 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I thought the vote was going to be in the primary not the general election, Tara.

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