Sorry Rob. It's all theatre.

I appreciate Rob Schofield's optimism about the possibility that Republicans are coming to their senses, but to put it bluntly ... it ain't happening. There is no change in the political climate, there's only happy talk and smokescreens.

Still, for all of the enormous shortcomings of their actions, even the recent micro-steps of conservative leaders give testament to one very important reality: these men (and they are all men) believe that they needed to do something. Each of them understands that the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians wants real action to raise teacher pay, preserve reproductive freedom, rein in DHHS abuses, reform corporate giveaways and preserve the environment (and that advocates and activists for those causes are not going to let up).

Unfortunately, Republicans have painted themselves into an austerity corner. After years of bad-mouthing government, their dreams have come true.

The result? There's not enough money to deliver on their new-found talking points. They can't back off of Amendment One - it's in the constitution. They can't get more revenue to raise teacher salaries because they can't raise taxes. They won't back off of their anti-abortion policies.

They've made their bed and there's nothing they can do to change it. It's all just talk.

Comments

I still haven't received an answer

to my question on another diary: how can Republicans introduce (new) legislation for teacher raises in a Short Session? Or maybe I just don't understand the process.

Shenanigans

They'll just find a way, as you suggested, to call it whatever they need to in order to make it be whatever they want it to be. It's magic.

Anything connected to the budget

I am definitely not an expert, but if it involves added funds, it falls under changes to the budget, which is supposed to be the purpose of the "short sessions." Any of you lobbyists out there, jump in and cite the rules or statutes that apply.

And as both GOP and Dem leadership have done in the past--they could always use "special provisions." That seems to be the backdoor for many substantial changes that should get publicly debated--but they are not.

Found this by googling short session, NC Legislature:

During the short session, lawmakers may only consider new legislation that impacts the budget or bills that passed the “house of origin” in the previous year. If a specific issue needs immediate attention, the Governor may call a speciallegislative session at any time.

Martha Brock

There is a way.

After the 'short session' adjorns and the gavel falls, the Governor immediately calls a Special Session. The legislators don't even have to leave their seats, and they can address any subject they want to. Or he can call it for the next day.

Thanks to both of you

Almost every time I go to the NCGA website looking for something in particular, I come away empty-handed. I know there's a boatload of information stored there, but their search function sucks.

This info is not from www.ncleg.net,

it is from Lobbyists Assn.:

North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association
P.O. Box 905, Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 821-6860 | Fax: (919) 834-8880
info@ncpla.org

the piece I linked to explains how a bill becomes a law in NC

Martha Brock