Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fascism in North Carolina, Round 2

Remember when people were afraid that the former governor of North Carolina, Captain Bathrooms, was going to refuse to concede the results of the governor election that clearly had him losing to his Democrat opponent? Until eventually the majority Republican state congress used an obscure law to just straight up install him as governor?

Well, thankfully, that didn't work out for them.

Not thankfully, they're now trying a different tactic to kill any resemblance of democracy or fairness in the state.

According to the state constitution, the state House Speaker and Senate President can themselves call a super-extra-special session of the legislature, upon the petition of two thirds of legislators. Which petition (dated last Monday!) the GOP super-majority produced immediately after gaveling the Governor’s session to a close. 
Tomorrow’s extra-special-super-dooper session of the General Assembly begins at 9 AM. Preceding it at 8:30 AM will be several committee meetings (all controlled by Republicans), including the committees on Election Law, Appointments, and Redistricting. During those half-hour sessions the committees will ‘consider’ bills submitted by members, and refer them to the House and Senate for votes. 
Word on the street is that the bills to be brought up for a vote will strip incoming governor Roy Cooper (D) of many of his executive powers, importantly including the power to appoint members of the Board of Elections and directors of executive branch departments.

Wow so the state's about to be run by a Democrat because everybody hates Captain Bathrooms, Bigot Extraordinaire, so they're just gonna use their gerrymandered super-majority to make it so the governor has no more power right before the Democrat is sworn in.

Because FUCK what the people want.

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