Gov. McCrory admits he has not read voting restrictions bill but will sign anyway

mcblog2In a lengthy and, at times, awkward and disjointed press conference, Gov. Pat McCrory said today that he would sign House Bill 589 — the controversial bill to alter state voting and elections laws. The bill, which was originally about imposing new voter ID requirements but morphed this week into an omnibus 57 page proposal to restrict voting in numerous ways, was passed by the House late last night  and will be presented to the Governor on Monday.

What was perhaps the saddest and most illuminating moment of the press conference, however, came when a reporter asked the Governor about some of the less-thoroughly-publicized portions of the bill. After testily dismissing a question about a provision on lobbyist “bundling” of campaign contributions because the reporter noted that it had been spurred by allegations against the Governor’s former law firm and erroneously saying that North Carolinians can register to vote “online,” McCrory addressed a question about the bill’s language to do away with the current successful program to pre-register 16 and 17 year olds. Here’s what the Guv said:

“I don’t know enough…I’m sorry, I haven’t seen that part of the bill.”

Got that? Governor McCrory has already decided to sign a bill — one of the most important and dangerous bills to come down the pike in years — and he is not even aware of one of the more controversial provisions — a provision that was debated at length this week multiple times!

C’mon Guv: We know you’re still relatively new to this job, but the least you could do is spend a little time with staff preparing for these press events and maybe even reading the bills you’re defending to the media and the public!


  1. Rob Schofield

    July 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    And as I noted on Twitter, the notion being advanced by folks on the right that there is a difference between “reading” the bill and “seeing” the provision in question is simply absurd.

  2. Doug

    July 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This thing has been on the table long enough….I am sure he knows what is in it and has had either himself or and aide analyze it. Not like that wonderful Obamacare bill that we are still reading and finding even more disgusting each day.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    July 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Rob gets the A for his work over the past seven months. He has attacked McCrory night and day, sometimes with facts but most of the time with made up information from Bluepoint/Blueprint. Rob is like Chris Matthews, he has a nerve jingle in his leg when he attacks the General Assembly especially their leadership. He has fulfilled his mission as stated in December, he works nonstop to destroy the right and Republicans.
    He ignored the five billion dollar debt with unemployment and the abuses in the system or how that problem was created. In addition, if Billy Ray Hall had the R by his name like some others, Sarah would have had the red pen and a complete investigation would have been posted every day. For years, stories have emerged about the Rural Center but eyes were closed and lips sealed. All in the name of helping the poor with real purpose to regain and to retain power for the Democrats. Shame ! Shame for a nonprofit!

  4. John Burns

    July 27, 2013 at 9:02 am

    well said, Rob.

  5. ML

    July 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    But there is no excuse for not reading. Doug I don’t care if he “knows” what’s in it bc it’s been tabled for so long. He has no idea and this isn’t the first time he’s spoken out about something without doing his due-diligence. It’s easier to pull his strings if you keep in the dark…

    Can’t wait to see all of Mccrory’s nonprofits and private public entities turn out. Had the rural development fund been through the government with proper oversight things would have been different. Lets hope these new business development and Medicaid privatization go better.

  6. gregflynn

    July 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Ah, Frances, I finally figured out who you are. Now that the session is over you’re at a loose end so you have more time to vent here. I was going to visit you Thursday but they don’t let us mere mortals wander the 2nd floor. Always cracks me up to find out anonymous right wing trolls are on the public payroll.

  7. Donna

    July 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Wow, sounds like he wants the job just not the work that goes with it. This is too important to our basic freedoms in this country. The guy ought to be fired. That’s what happens in most jobs if you don’t do the work.

  8. Frances Jenkins

    July 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Sorry to disappoint but I have visited the GA Building five times in my life and I am old. I live so far away in a community so poor, you would not visit us. Cultural prejudice on your part would not allow you to feel comfortable. We are the face of poverty but too proud for government handouts.

  9. Ruth

    July 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    He really ought to read it before he signs it. Several parts of it flagrantly violate our state and national constituion, and our state will have to pay lots of lawyers and court costs to defend it and most likely lose. And, that being the case, if he does sign it, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t also find himself having to fight impeachment charges, for not upholding his oath of office–that big promise officials make, you know, to protect, defend and abide by the constitution!

  10. gregflynn

    July 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    You’re a fake “Frances”, a bogus persona that exists only as a tool to bad mouth NC Policy Watch. Your response is further proof. You can’t even define your fake personality without trying to trying define me.

  11. Frances Jenkins

    July 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You need to watch Duck Dynasty. It would help you.

  12. garry freeman

    July 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    If the Democrats in the US Senate and President Obama can pas a law with out reading it then the Governor should be able to do the same. Or is there a double standard that hypocrites do not address unless it is based on convenience?

  13. Patricia Werhan

    July 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm


  14. NoGOPinNC

    July 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Ironically my county is overwhelmingly white and republican, but we have tons of people on the dole…..and France’s some of us look to the Lord not a family on reality TV for our divine inspiration…maybe that is your problem…worshipping false idols and republican idiots.

  15. Carolyn Haywood

    July 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    He doesn’t need to read it. He has been bought and as a puppet for his owner, he is doing what he is told.

  16. John Fred

    July 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Frances I too believe you are a figment of someone’s imagination. No one is too proud to take a “government handout.” People who qualify for the programs use them. It is not a moral issue it is a practical matter. NO ONE is living the high life on government programs. But they do help people to survive and programs which cover the middle class like Obamacare will help more people live healthy lives than ever before. Why someone like Art Pope, who has more money than he will ever need and whose wealth was earned on the back of poor people, has bought himself a General Assembly that seems intent on hurting everyone is a complete mystery to me. SHame on him, shame on the general assembly and shame on you “Frances.”

  17. Jack

    July 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Doug, in case you don’t realize it, the reason the republicans are so scared of Obamacare is because they know it will work wonderfully and people will love it…….and we certainly don’t want to make “that president” look good. Bafoon.

  18. Tonya

    July 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I am not sure why this is at all surprising to anyone. He was voted in, decisions are being made. If he is not right for the state, vote him out. Of course, if you cannot vote in the state, that may be a problem. As for the comments concerning God, He does not let things that are wrong stand for long.

  19. Frances Jenkins

    July 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    You lost get over it. If the election were held today, you would lose again. Democrats brought us to our darkest hour in NC. Republicans will lead NC to its finest hour. Liberal and Democrats are so mean spirited. You do not want me to be real because you can not believe lots of people in NC do not like Moral Monday and liberal Democrats. You want programs like the Rural Center that becomes the war chest of the Democrat Party.

  20. john jackson

    July 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The sad thing about all of this is N.C. is a red state,so that means more republicans then democrats which means that when he cut unemployment benefits the “unemployed” republicans voted to cut their own monies and their voting rights,also cuts in education.I guess the republicans are right on one thing “keep them stupid and take their money”.

  21. Sam Elliot

    July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

    They do not read any bills. All republican governors are ran by the RNC. All the governors pass the same bills directed by there party for a national agenda. its nor about us it’s about money money money.

  22. wafranklin

    July 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Few have commented on the vindictiveness this TeaBilly legislature. They are simply a bunch of mean sub-humans who want to get even with somebody, everybody everywhere, all the time. The Republicans declared themselves the White Peoples’ Party and seriously hurt the blacks and minorities as well as women and the poor. They have ignored real problems and elevated ideological solutions then looked for problems – thanks to Pope Art, the Governor. This is one big batch of nasty suckers, who no matter if we get then out, will leave behind moles in the government to do dirty work quietly.

  23. tom vinson

    August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I think that our government has competly lost tract of reality. To vote to pass or not pass a bill without reading it? It is obvious that our polictical process needs to be completly overhauled from top to bottom. Why do we vote some ding-a-ling into office to have them not do their job? I am not talking about a select few, but it is a majority. When our politicians vote to pass a bill, I think it is fair to say, that they better understand what they are voting on? I heard a proposal for a bill that stated that they needed to read it? Well, lets take it a step further and have them take a test and pass with 75% or better. If they pass the test, then they have the right to vote. If they fail, then sorry, no vote..maybe a step further, if they don’t pass, lets say 5 tests, then they lose their right to vote and lose their job. Isn’t that they the way business do business? If you are elected, you should be held to a higher standard. At present, there is no standard.

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