The Banana Republic on Jones Street

Remember all the criticism a few years ago from Republicans about the way Democrats ran the General Assembly and the promises from the GOP that they would run things differently when they were in charge, by being open and more transparent?

They repeated the promises when they took over the legislature in 2011. They are breaking those promises every single day now.

This morning, with literally a few minutes notice, a subcommittee of a House Judiciary Committee unveiled a slightly modified version of the sweeping and unprecedented attack on women’s reproductive rights that was rammed through the Senate last week with no notice or public hearings at all.

Also this morning, a House bill dealing with wildlife resources was changed to add  a constitutional amendment about eminent domain. No notice about that either.

Legislative calendars are now meaningless. So are bill numbers and schedules of any kind. The folks in the General Assembly have turned the legislative process into a banana republic.

They can and will do anything they want, any time they want, any way they want, democracy be damned—not to mention the public they are supposed to represent.


  1. Jack

    July 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    They are keeping their promise. They’re running things differently.

  2. Doug

    July 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    And that is a good thing. At least they have brought us UP to the standard of Banana Republic out of the hands of the corrupt prior governing style…you know the Thugocracy type governing that rules most of third world countries.

  3. Jack

    July 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Well, at last you’ve admitted it. NC is owned and operated by corporations.

  4. ML

    July 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Doug you’re spitting in the wind calling politicians corrupt. While I agree it makes it easier to justify the retributive actions of the current establishment by casting such a wide net and tossing all the previous improprieties, including your own at the feet of democrats, it fails to move the state forward…But no, I don’t see how the previous “corrupt” “Thugocracy” is any different from the current corrupt thugocratic establishment but kudos to the GOP for showing how ill-prepared and clueless they are when finally given the chance to shape the policy of our state.

  5. George Greene

    July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Some parts of the old Democratic regime got fairly high-handed “back in the day”. Some Speakers were better than others and it is important not to use a broad brush. With most things, though, it is valid as a generalization (not as an absolute — the fact that the sky is not always blue does not change the fact that the sky is blue) that their tactics are more extreme than ours. Their gerrymandering is more extreme than ours. The false equivalence meme needs to be battled but OUR past sins NEED to be acknowledged AND ATONED for, NOT just “spun” away. Irm as WRAL put it:
    “Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, chided the Democrats,
    saying they routinely forced bills through during late-night
    and last-minute votes when they controlled the General Assembly.
    “It’s not fair to sling procedural improprieties at us. It’s been done here for about 250 years,” Apodaca said.
    “The hasty process clearly displeased McCrory, however.
    “When the Democrats were in power, this is the way they did business.”

    All I can say to McCrory is that he needs to shut up about it — it’s NOT HIS branch.
    If he doesn’t like what they’re doing then he needs to VETO it, NOT complain about PROCESS —
    CONTENT is ALWAYS MORE important.

  6. ML

    July 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Politicians will be politicians…no brand is better than the other when it comes to playing the game because both have shown they are quite capable of hipocracy and corruption but for me it is the recent policy and political posturing that make this current bunch all the more repugnant. And for them to try and excuse themselves by spinning it by saying, “they did it so we can” is akin to how a six year old would react. Grow up and do your job and at least have the courage to stand by your so-called beliefs without hiding behind last second maneuvering and shady procedures because if they are truly following the “mandate” they received when they were elected then why hide?

    I guess they skip this part during the NCGA bible study…
    “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded” (Luke 12:48)

  7. david esmay

    July 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This is the reason of why the NC Rubepublicans hate government. They elect people who are too incompetent to govern.

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