-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
Democrats are enjoying poking fun at the NC GOP and a few Republican lawmakers, specifically, over a proposed breast ban. But the juice might not be worth the squeeze on this.
Democratic Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell said he wrote to NC Representative Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe) because he heard from constituents that Moffitt was claiming the City Council unanimously supported a re-write of state law to ban female toplessness.
Bothwell said that's not ture, and his desire to get clarification from the NC General Assembly on public indecency law was intended to get a ruling on toplessness for both men and women.
"I really do believe that if we're going to ban topless women then we've got to ban topless men," he said yesterday on the show. "If we're going to have a law that bans toplesseness in public we need a law that specifically bans human beings from being topless in public."
You can hear the entire interview here.
Last August, the Asheville City Council unanimously signed an open letter to residents and tourists of the city asking them to steer clear of the event.
“As citizens of
and individual members of Asheville City Council, we do not endorse this conduct. We believe that it does nothing to help our community, and we recognize that it disappoints and embarrasses many of our citizens and visitors. We wish it were not happening. Asheville
"Despite our hopes over the past few months that this could be addressed by city ordinance, legal research indicates that this is a matter of State law, and that our city’s options are very limited. As soon as possible, we fully intend to seek legislation in
that will clarify the law and enable Raleigh and other communities in Asheville to respond more effectively. Please join us in urging our legislators in that direction." North Carolina
The letter indicates that the Council intends to seek legislation to "clarify the law" and allow cities to respond effectively. The meaning of this, I think, is clear. The City cannot respond effectively, so it intends to get state help to do so.
Bothwell said there was never any official request for legislation, or any language that might be adopted as part of a rewrite of state statute.
"To my knowledge we never agreed on any kind of text or any language that we wanted the state to enact," he said. "That's why our reasons for agreeing that people shouldn't attend the rally might have been very different."
When the NC General Assembly convened for the current session, Rep. Moffitt, along with Rep. Rayne Brown (R-Davidson) offered a bill to clarify the state law.
Their clarification was to define "private parts" in the existing code:
"For the purposes of this section, the term "private parts" means external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast."
The ridicule came quickly.
North Carolina Republicans were mocked nationwide as haters of breasts engaging in a war on women. Another line of attack was "Don't they have anything better to do?!" As if adding 32 words to a law takes a lot of time.
What has not happened, however, is any actual reporting about the impetus for the state action. Nor has anyone in the state, national (and even local) media bothered to look at the role the Asheville City Council members' played in this law being proposed. All of them Democrats, by the way.
The political benefit is obvious for the Council. The proposal allows the NCGOP to be ridiculed, and that's helpful for the Democrats. Why debate the GoTopless rally, the Raelian sex cult behind it, or the attempt to change the cultural norm in the state?
It's also probably very satisfying for Democrats and progressives in Asheville to watch Rep. Moffitt twist in the political wind over this. After all, he is trying to steal all the water.
However, Moffitt is in a pretty safe legislative seat. That is unlikely to change over the next decade.
Had the Council stepped forward and expressed support for the change in state law, it could have helped to improve relations that are strained, at best. Council could have used this as an opportunity to build good will and maybe repair some damage. Perhaps doing so might have helped persuade Moffitt to back down on the water issue.
Politics is about personal relationships. It seems Asheville leaders missed an opportunity to improve some. After all, Council asked for the clarification to help it respond more effectively.
So, while the short-game might elicit a certain level of glee, the long-game looks less advantageous for City relations with the State.
And that's not a good thing for the residents of Asheville.
Not to mention - the bill is now sitting in the Rules Committee and might not ever see the light of day again.
So, the Council won't get it's clarification and it has done nothing to help to repair the intergovernmental relationship.
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