Governor Pat McCrory finally discovered his veto stamp today, using it to block a new law that would have expanded some exemptions for the troubling e-verify system and another bill that would have required drug testing for welfare recipients.

McCrory deserves some credit for rejecting the drug-testing bill as the ACLU of NC explained well in a statement today.

Too bad McCrory didn’t find that veto stamp three days ago.

Here’s more on Governor Pat McCrory’s head-scratching explanation of the changes to early voting in the sweeping voter supression bill he signed on Monday.

WRAL-TV’s NC Capitol reports that McCrory repeated “at least one incorrect turn of phrase at least three times” in radio interviews.

A story on ABC 11 news asks the pertinent question—”Does McCrory understand election reform law?” The answer appears to be a resounding no.

But why should he be expected to understand it?  He’s only the governor who signed it into law.

sun145North Carolina is back on the front page of the New York Times this morning, in a story with the headline “North Carolinians Fear the End of a Middle Way”

That is putting it mildly. The story includes an interesting take on the General Assembly by News & Record columnist Doug Clark.

Doug Clark, a columnist for The News and Record of Greensboro, welcomed the partisan change, but he now sees the state’s Republican leadership as fostering “extreme partisanship and abuse of power.” He questioned why the legislature, after passing laws governing abortion, guns and voter identification, and frequently trying to exert control over issues traditionally left to local governments, never got around to passing the governor’s plan to overhaul job recruiting.

Governor Pat McCrory is making the rounds on local radio stations, clumsily defending the sweeping changes to election law he signed Monday afternoon.  The more McCrory talks about the new law the more he seems confused about what it actually does when it comes to early voting.

The law reduces the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, but local elections boards are required to maintain the same number of early voting hours, thanks to an amendment by Senator Josh Stein.

McCrory told Frank Stasio at WUNC that in the past politics played too much of a role in determining the location of early voting sites and that under the new law “every political precinct” will be open a week before the election.

Every precinct? Surely McCrory doesn’t mean that every polling place at every school, church, and firehouse will be open for the entire week before Election Day.

McCrory also talked about the early voting changes in an interview with Gregg Jensen with WWNC in Asheville, saying that “every precinct will be open two weeks before a vote.”  You can listen to that portion of the interview here.

McCrory apparently believes that all of the roughly 2,700 precinct polling places in North Carolina will be open before Election Day, from one to two weeks before depending on which radio interview you go by. 

It’s not very reassuring when the man signing the most sweeping voter suppression law in the state’s history is completely baffled about what the law actually does.