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The downward spiral continues: House Speaker to host shooting range fundraiser in April at undisclosed location

GOP gun fundraiserJust when you thought things had reached their nadir…

For those who don’t follow a lot of the strange machinations of the conservative fringe, you may find it interesting to learn that it’s a common practice for far right groups with ugly histories and connections to hold events at unpublicized venues. A couple of years back, for instance, a group with longstanding connections to white supremacists known as the Council of Conservative Citizens held its national conference in “the Winston-Salem metro area.”

By not publicly identifying the actual hotel at which the event would take place, the organizers presumably spared the hotel of bad publicity and discouraged the news media, protesters and other interlopers who might have shined a light on the hate being spewed inside.

Now, amazingly, it appears that a similar tactic has been adopted by the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives with respect to an event he has planned for next month.

As you can see from the announcement at left, the Speaker will host a big dollar fundraiser four days before the 2016 short session at “a local shooting range.” Rather than giving the address for the event — as is always done with these kinds of invitations (it’s usually a swanky private club) — the event informs the folks invited (most of whom will be lobbyists looking to bestow their last minute gifties prior to the ban that commences at the start of session) that “address and details will be provided upon RSVP.”

Now, in fairness, it seems unlikely that this event will be on the level of a Council of Conservative Citizens shindig and it’s at least possible that organizers haven’t finalized the details of the location yet. If that’s so, however, how can they be so sure of the timing?

The bottom line: By all appearances, the Speaker of the North Carolina House will be hosting a fundraiser for lobbyists next month at a shooting range and he plans to keep the location a secret. If nothing else, this is as depressing as heck and yet another symbol of how far our state has fallen.

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