House Majority Leader and nullifier sees nothing controversial

Amidst another weekend filled with legislative and political news, my favorite quote was this from House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes in a News & Observer story about the halfway mark of the General Assembly session.

House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, a Hickory Republican, said the session is moving as expected. “I think the General Assembly has been on a pretty slow and deliberate pace,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve done anything too terribly controversial yet.”

Well let’s see, lawmakers have denied health care to 500,000 low-income people by refusing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, refused to allow 170,000 unemployed workers to receive emergency unemployment benefits paid for by the federal government, and voted to allow the state Earned Income Tax Credit that helps low wage workers to expire.

Nothing “too terribly controversial” in there? Good grief .

Then there are all the regressive bills working their way through the House and Senate that are far too numerous to mention. And it is worth remembering that if Starnes’ had his way, the absurd state religion bill would have passed too.

He was one of 14 members of the House—the nullification caucus—to sign the resolution that declared among other things that people in North Carolina are not subject to decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The fact that the elected leader of House Republicans believes the state does not have to obey federal laws or federal court decisions is evidence enough that things are indeed “terribly controversial” on Jones Street.


  1. North Carolina NORML

    April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    it was pretty controversial the way HB 84, The NC Medical Cannabis Act, was killed in a very undemocratic fashion by Rep. Paul Stam in the notorious Rules Committee. This attracted world wide attention and re-affirmed the views of many who dont live here that we are indeed an ass-backwards place.

  2. Doug

    April 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    It is only controversial here and in a few “Blueprint” media outlets. The mainstream of NC voted these guys in to change NC from the bloated leftist days of the democrat party. Of the things you mention, the regular man on the street understands we cannot afford hundreds of thousands more people on a broken Medicaid program, and according to this blog we need to get rid of the “loopholes” in the tax code. The EITC is just one more loophole we cannot afford any longer considering we are teetering on bankruptcy.

  3. david esmay

    April 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Stop with the over blown blue print memo references, it pales in comparison to the RSLC’s REDMAP. Bloated “leftist” days? Really? The right wing nut fever swamp is emitting a high levels of gas today. We need to get rid of corporate loop hole and expenditures that favor the wealthy and corporations, those that favor the lower and middle classes can stay.

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