Today’s edition of Lunch Links starts out with a review of today’s veto override session in the Senate, which lasted less time that it took you to read this far in this post. This comes after Labor Day weekend stories about Governor Pat McCrory working up to the last minute to convince lawmakers to sustain both his vetoes.
That didn’t work out too well for him. The Senate votes today were 34-10 and 39-5. It makes you wonder who exactly McCrory was reaching out to. And as I said on Twitter after the vote, it’s hard not to think of this as McCrory’s new tagline: “Almost as extreme as the General Assembly and too weak to stop them when he is not.”
One of the more interesting takes on McCrory’s veto came from Travis Fain of the Greensboro News & Record, who cited McCrory’s comments to Loretta Boniti at News 14 this week that both bills he vetoed were passed “during very late night hours, (with) very little debate and very little understanding of what bills were passed.”
This from a governor who announced he was signing the sweeping voter suppression bill before he had actually read the whole thing and then continued to misrepresent what the new law actually does. Read More…