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New editorial blasts constitutional amendments

The Greensboro News & Record has another strong editorial this morning condemning the six constitutional amendments that Republican legislators have placed on the state’s fall ballot. After summarizing the amendments, some of the details that will undoubtedly escap most voters, and a recent poll that found voters distressingly, if predictably, uninformed about them, the editorial concludes this way:

“One other thing you might want to know: How will the General Assembly implement any laws you approve? There is no answer for that.

Let’s be clear about one overriding issue: Taking up these items as constitutional amendments is bad governing. They don’t meet the arduous standards for being part of the document that shapes our government. A constitution doesn’t include laws but structures and principles.

These are ideas that should be debated as legislation, not foisted on you as doctrine you may not embrace and maybe haven’t even read. But if you have, if you are in the know, you should vote no.”

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