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[1]Be sure to check out Harry Payne’s op-ed [2] in the N&O this morning about the shameful way the Republican leadership in the General Assembly recently treated Lynn Holmes, the former Chair of the Employment Security Commission that was recently moved to the Department of Commerce.

At the meeting, Holmes provided specific answers in writing to every question that had been submitted and patiently explained them in detail. Before she answered any questions from the committee, Rucho required her to take an unprecedented step and be put under oath. They had a court reporter and a Bible waiting, but no real reason for her treatment other than a vague reference to “circumstances.”

It was a stunning insult to her. Her staff was present and watched. One of them answered similar questions but he wasn’t sworn. The commerce secretary testified too, but wasn’t asked to place his hand on a Bible. Even a paid advocate from Washington who spouted many numbers regarding inheritance tax wasn’t required to raise his hand.