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Another editorial: Nix all six amendments

There’s still hope that some courageous state judges will do the right thing and strike at least two the six proposed constitutional amendments that Republicans at the General Assembly are attempting to push onto the November ballot. As Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton explained in a story over on the main PW site earlier this morning, a panel of three state judges is hearing Gov. Cooper’s lawyers out on this subject today. You can follow Melissa’s coverage of the hearing by checking out her tweets here.

If, however, all six amendments do end up on the ballot, it’s important to note that the chorus of responsible voices in opposition continues to grow rapidly.

This is from a lead editorial in yesterday’s Winston-Salem Journal entitled “Reject the six amendments“:

“In another twist to the soap opera that we call the state legislature, Republican leaders have revamped two of the six constitutional amendments they’re forcing onto the November ballot, thus negating the legal issues that arose with their previous versions.

The changes are only cosmetic, though. The new versions would still be damaging to our state. Gov. Roy Cooper is still trying to block them, and his challenge should prevail….

In addition to these two power-grabbing amendments, the legislature plans to put four others on the ballot: enacting a photo ID framework for voters; lowering the cap of the state income tax rate; protecting the rights of crime victims and reinforcing our right to hunt and fish.

These may be issues worth discussing and even legislating on, but there hasn’t been much discussion, just a rush to put them on the ballot without educating the public about their merits. None of the six are pertinent enough to be made indelible in our state constitution.

Also announced this week, the legislature has given up its legal appeal to prevent state Supreme Court candidate Chris Anglin from running for office as a Republican. It essentially tried to change the rules of the election after the election had begun. It’s uncharacteristic of the legislature to cut its losses. Maybe its members are beginning to realize that they don’t have to force every battle to the hilt.

But the show’s not over yet. Forgive us if we don’t relax until after Nov. 6, if then.

The six constitutional amendments will likely still be on the ballot, so it will be up to voters to educate themselves, as well as their friends and neighbors, about their true purpose. Everyone should vote against them, and then perhaps vote against some of the people who are trying to manipulate us into passing them. This hungry grab for more and more power is not in the best interest of anyone in North Carolina, no matter the party.”

Amen.

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