-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!
Are Attorney General Roy Cooper and his staff of lawyers bad at their jobs?
I want to be clear up front that I don't believe they are. However, there are a lot of Leftists who apparently believe these attorneys aren't very adept.
Why do I say that?
Because there are a lot of Democrats, liberals, and media folks (but I repeat myself) who say Cooper's office should handle the defense of the recently-adopted overhaul of NC's voting laws.
These SAME people say the law is unconstitutional, suppresses minority and youth votes, and is designed to discriminate. In short - they hate the law. They rejoiced when US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice was suing NC over the law.
They are hoping that NC loses the case. And they want Roy Cooper to try it.
Roy Cooper, a Democrat, publicly declared opposition to the voter ID law and has all but announced a run for Governor.
Cooper had asked the governor not to sign the voting bill, calling it “regressive” and saying the new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls is “unnecessary, expensive and burdensome.” His comments were cited in the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit filed Monday.
Governor Pat McCrory and Republican leaders in the General Assembly have hired their own lawyers to defend the laws. They don't trust Cooper to defend a law he lobbied against. This makes sense.
Democrats say they are mad at having to pay for the cost of defending the lawsuit with lawyers that aren't Roy Cooper and his staff. However, they all seem accepting of the initial costs of litigation. If the cost were the primary reason for their objection, they should be at least mildly outraged at the cost of DOJ lawsuit.
But they aren't. They believe the lawsuit against North Carolina is valid and the costs to bring it are justifable because the law needs to be struck down.
So, no, the primary anger is not based on fiscal prudence. They are mad that there will be more expertise brought in to battle the DOJ.
Also, imagine how it will look in the courtroom when the complainants point to the AG's table and notes, "Even Roy Cooper has opposed this law! Even the State's own Attorney General calls the law regressive!"
The DOJ was quoted Cooper in the complaint. Why would the DOJ not do the same once the matter goes before a judge?
Given his public position on the law, his office cannot present the best case for the State.
I don't want to accuse the AG of acting unethically or violating any rules of the Bar. Let's give him and his office the benefit of the doubt on this. Let's assume that they would mount the strongest possible defense (even after being knee-capped by their boss' public comments on the law).
Further, let's give the Leftists the benefit of the doubt, too, and assume they aren't expecting Cooper to throw the case or sabotage the State's defense.
What are we left with?
Well, the only explanation for why the Democrats are simultaneously demanding Cooper try the case while rooting for his failure in doing so is that they must think he's not a very good attorney. And by keeping him and his staff on the case, they will get beaten. Otherwise, why would opponents of the law demand Cooper lead the defense?
Check out Brant Clifton's excellent write-up at the Daily Haymaker on this topic, too.
Ol’ Roy has made it clear that he’s running for governor in 2016. If he plans to spend the next three years attacking the executive and legislative branches of state government, how effective can he be as the state’s lawyer? In court, the other side would have a field day using Cooper’s comments and actions against him and US.
Instead of forcing us to subsidize his 2016 gubernatorial run, Cooper needs to step aside and let someone else — serious about representing and protecting the people of North Carolina — do his job. If he stays in office, and sticks with his current game plan, we – -the people of North Carolina — will have grounds for an ineffective assistance of counsel complaint.
I hadn't considered the campaign benefits Cooper could enjoy. But Brant is right, the AG would be getting a ton of face time in the case - regardless of whether he's personally trying it.