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Editorial lauds former Guvs for taking a stand against amendments

Be sure to check out the lead editorial in today’s Fayetteville Observer, which lauds the action of former Governors, Hunt, Martin, Easley, Perdue and McCrory for their recent actions to oppose the power grabbing constitutional amendments advanced by legislative leaders.

As the editorial (“Ex-governors take a stand”) rightfully points out:

“They perfectly characterized two amendments that will appear on the ballot in November, one addressing appointments to judicial vacancies, the other establishing how members will be placed on the state elections board. In both cases, the power to do those things is being taken from the governor and given to the General Assembly. But if you haven’t studied the amendments’ background before you walk into the voting booth on Nov. 6, you won’t know that. The lawmakers who wrote the ballot questions took great pains to conceal their power grab.

This provoked the ire of former governors Pat McCrory, Bev Perdue, Mike Easley, Jim Martin and Jim Hunt. The five held a press conference in Raleigh Monday and then met privately to plan a campaign against the two amendments. Current Gov. Roy Cooper has already filed suit against the amendments, seeking to block them from the ballot. A three-judge panel will hear his request this week. The former governors say they intend to continue their campaign, hoping to raise $250,000 to finance it. We hope they raise more, and that they raise an even bigger ruckus too.

The way these amendments were written and then railroaded onto the ballot is the embodiment of what’s wrong with our General Assembly. The former governors are right: It’s time to take a stand.”

Click here to read the entire editorial and here to read this morning’s on-the-money commentary on Pat McCrory’s somewhat surprising participation in the anti-amendments effort by Policy Watch managing editor Billy Ball.

One Comment


  1. Alan

    August 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Finally, Governor McNasty goes and does something decent, just a pity his legacy is so tainted by everything else he done, or wouldn’t do. This has to be about the 1st thing he’s done that I actually fully agree with him on, so I’ll give him all due credit here.

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