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It was another tough weekend for Governor Pat McCrory’s Department of Health and Human Services with papers from Hendersonville to Fayetteville blasting the performance of HHS and embattled Secretary Aldona Wos.

A Hendersonville Times-News editorial says  “shameless cronyism” is crippling the department, while the Asheville Citizen-Times calls HHS McCrory’s “dumping ground” for political allies and campaign workers.

The Fayeteville Observer documents the problems too in a Sunday editorial and Rose Hoban with N.C. Health News explains in an op-ed in the News & Observer how the department is stonewalling requests from reporters for public information.

And if all that’s not enough, Wake Med CEO Bill Atkinson tells the Triangle Business Journal that Wos and her top aides aren’t talking to him, despite the fact that the department owes his hospital almost $2.5 million since June.  The News & Observer also reported on the problems that HHS is causing for Wake Med.

And Governor McCrory? He’s still saying that he has the “best cabinet in America,” including Wos.

There’s out of touch, then there is simply being detached from reality—which seems to describe McCrory when it comes to his scandal-plagued Department of Health and Human Services.

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source:chow.com

source:chow.com

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

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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.

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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.