-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
-December 6, 2013
A rare treat for North Carolinians today, as we behold our politicians and activists making arguments that their opponents made just a few years ago.
We see Democrats criticizing the GOP for ramming a bill through without enough public debate and through legislative tricks. This is the same way the Democrats in Congress passed Obamacare. It's also the way Democrats gave us the "Education Lottery" in NC. It's the way Democrats governed for decades.
Meanwhile, the GOP is now employing the very tactics its members decried as the minority party. The calls for open government were, in part, what attracted support from voters fed up with the back-room deals of the Democrats.
Yesterday morning, the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee was supposed to meet, but the meeting was canceled and re-scheduled for the afternoon. That's when abortion-related stuff got put into an anti-Shariah bill.
Here's what the abortion bill looks like now.
Democrats say they were blind-sided and that the public didn't have time to weigh in on the matter. They are right.
That being said, even if there was a month of public hearings, I doubt the GOP Senators would change their minds about the need for the bill.
What the opponents are saying is that they want more time to protest, raise money, organzie rallies, and raise money off the issue.
Did I mention raise money?
The intention is to drag out the process so as to weaken ("cripple"?) the lawmakers' ability to pass the bill, by making it politically unattractive.
But that's the process. Just because the GOP wants to avoid the debate doesn't justify their machinations. Just like it didn't when Democrats did them.
I would also note that the process allows the GOP to do exactly what it did. While I'd suggest there should be some bipartisan efforts to create rules preventing these kinds of acts in the future, I know neither party would want that to happen because the dirty truth is that the politicians (and activists) like it when they're in charge.
Today, there was debate in the full Senate and the bill passed 29-12. Protesters got to watch, but Lt. Gov. Dan Forest warned them any disturbance would prompt him to close the chamber to the public. This was appropriate.
The peoples' representatives were there to debate the matter. Not a mob.
That being said, the way the GOP Senate ran this bill doesn't inspire confidence.
Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement criticizing his fellow Republicans:
"When the Democrats were in power, this is the way they did business. It was not right then and it is not right now. Regardless of what party is in charge or what important issue is being discussed, the process must be appropriate and thorough."
Of course, the Moral Monday crowd will be sure to protest this attempt to legislate some morality - providing quite an inconsistency in their marketing efforts.
Perhaps we'll see some of the awesome PR that the pro-abortion crowd has employed down in Texas. Like yesterday's chanting of "Hail Satan."