-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
As the nation turns its lonely eyes to NC and the overhaul of voting laws, I think it might be helpful to give some background on the matter.
Here are responses to some of the most common criticisms of the new laws.
CLAIM: "There is no proof fraud exists."
RESPONSE: Yes, there is. Here's one from our own state:
Former Town Councilwoman Linda Lyons faces voter fraud-related charges after allegedly trying to vote twice during last year’s election, according to a Wake County prosecutor.
Lyons, who had served 12 years on the Morrisville Town Council, was running for re-election last year when she faced allegations that she violated state election laws by mishandling absentee ballots, improperly witnessing absentee ballots and trying to vote twice.
She lost her seat by three votes after an appeal to the state elections board dragged on for several months.
CLAIM: "Ok, so there's ONE case. But it's not widespread."
RESPONSE: We actually have no idea how widespread it is. The story I posted above is from October 2012. However, the attempted fraud occurred a year prior. Look how long it took to investigate and prosecute a case involving an elected official in a race decided by three votes. Simply put, resources are not devoted to investigating and prosecuting voter fraud. It's hard to find what you're not even looking for.
CLAIM: "Fine, but if we're going to require ID, college kids should be able to use their student IDs."
RESPONSE: Why? Most colleges require proof of identification before getting the student ID in the first place. But, more importantly, a student ID does not prove residency. It just proves you're enrolled in classes. There is no distinction on a college ID between a commuter student from across state borders, and one who lives on campus. When I attended college in Rock Hill, SC I had classmates from Charlotte, NC. Allowing student IDs at the polls would allow my old classmates to vote in SC and NC elections. And, as I mentioned above, the lax approach to enforcement would mean little risk of getting caught.
CLAIM: "The GOP is trying to suppress Democratic voters - namely, blacks, college kids and the elderly."
RESPONSE: How about we assume Democrats are only interested in blocking these laws because they engage in fraud and don't want to get caught. If we're going to assign nefarious motives to each side of the debate, there will be no debate (which is actually what many prefer, I suspect).
But think about the incongruity of this argument. North Carolinians voted for a Republican Governor in 2012, and for the GOP presidential nominee - Mitt Romney - without these voting rules in place. Whatever they did before worked - under the old voting rules. For this argument to be true, we must assume that the GOP victories can not be replicated in future elections WITHOUT the voting law changes.
One other point - the GOP ran on voter ID. Governor McCrory supported it during his campaign. Yet, he won. Republicans passed a photo ID law last session, but had it overridden by the Democratic Governor Bev Perdue. It's a popular concept.
Voter fraud just went away!
For years I have heard complaints from both Democratic and Republican field operatives about shenanigans on Election Day. The anti-ID crowd expects us to believe that the same campaign people that get into squabbles about placement of yard signs and where people stand when they hand out fliers would never try to stuff a ballot box.
We are expect to believe that voter fraud, while a hallmark of some states' history (Louisiana & Illinois) has somehow vanished because... why exactly?
What enlightenment occurred among the population that caused all those "dead people voting" stories to fade into history? When did the politicians and their campaigns change? We are to believe fraud existed someplace else and in a long ago age.
But given this undercover video from North Carolina, I'm not so sure...