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On first day, legislators already showing McCrory who’s boss

Pat McCrory 4Any notion folks may have had that North Carolina’s new governor would be playing a leading role in crafting the state’s policy agenda this year seems to have already been partially dispelled on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.

Right out of the box, without any apparent involvement of Governor McCrory (or even a nod in his direction), Senate and House leaders have seized the initiative by introducing major, hard right proposals on such subjects as rejecting the implementation of federal health care reformslashing the state’s unemployment insurance safety net and even passing a constitutional amendment to enshrine anti-labor union laws in the state constitution.

Traditionally, these are not the kinds of fundamental issues and proposals that legislative leaders advance on their own initiative without involvement of a governor who shares their party. But the new relationship between the novice (and pretty clearly overwhelmed) governor and the ambitious and already-well-ensconced Senate President Pro Tem and House Speaker is not like past legislative-executive relationships. At least at this point, every indication is that the folks on the west end of Jones Street will be calling the shots and the new fellow in the Governor’s mansion will be taking orders and trying to keep up.

5 Comments

  1. Pam

    January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    “without any apparent involvement of Governor McCrory” Really? What evidence do you offer that he isn’t a part of all this and just doesn’t want his fingerprints all over it? Surely if McCrory disagrees with any of the legislation he’ll say so. Otherwise, there is nothing left but to assume he supports it.

  2. Rob Schofield

    January 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Usually (both here in NC and in other states), big legislation on momentous issues of this kind would be handled in conjunction with (or at the behest of) the Guv when he/she is of the same party as the legislative leadership. That we have heard nothing from the mansion on these issues at all The Guv’s last press release occurred 12 days ago!) is a pretty strong indication that this was not the case in this instance and that McCrory is playing catch-up.

  3. Pam

    January 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Point taken, but I remain convinced he is all about this and just doesn’t want his name associated with it.

  4. Rebecca Forbes

    January 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I bet the new Governor does have his hands full with the crowd dowtown. I have lobbied down there since the Republicans took over and it is a mad house, a buch of power hungry, Bible thumpers who call themselves moral and are far from it. And I also agree with you Pam, he probably is keeping his mouth shut for a reason, and could be he will sit back and let the idiots downtown ruin our state with personal perceptions of issues that have no basis in fact. It is very sad and I am not looking forward to being down there again to lobby, but if we do not start holding these people accountable, soon we will have no voice at all in Govt. The Governor needs to grow some bahoonies and stand up for what is right, what is proven, and what is true, whatever issue it may be.

  5. Jeff S

    January 31, 2013 at 1:24 am

    McCrory’s a rubber stamp. I am looking forward to the day that people will stop trying to pretend otherwise.