Conservative Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly took things to a new level of of Machiavellian, ends-justify-the-means, no-holds-barred nastiness early this morning. After failing to muster the votes to override the Governor’s veto of the Racial Justice Act repeal, they “adjourned” the special session and then called another one at 1:00 a.m. to override another veto — this one of a bill that would prevent the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting dues from members via payroll deduction.
Perdue and the NCAE both questioned the constitutionality of the action. Whether or not they are right, however, it’s clear that the action was underhanded and slimy and but the latest in a long series of acts that continue to take the state down a very dangerous path.
I’ve complained in this space before that the conservative economic vision is to turn our country into a banana republic on steroids. It now appears that they have the same vision for the mechanisms of government itself as well.
(The is post has been updated. The original blamed just the House Republicans for this morning’s treachery. Obviously, the Senate was fully complicit as well. The headline and first sentence now reflect this fact).