They're off to see ALEC

As the Republican House and Republican Senate and Republican Governor all carp at each other and make no progress on a budget, after weeks of grandstanding, many of the NCGA members will skip town next week to attend the annual ALEC meeting.

Speaker Thom Tillis dismissed the state House on Friday saying that the chamber was not expected to hold any sessions next week, a strong indicator no deal is imminent.

Many of the state's top GOP leaders are scheduled to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that starts Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, and lasts into the weekend. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is on the agenda to speak at the opening luncheon of the conservative group.

It's no surprise that North Carolina is under ALEC's thumb. But it's thoroughly disgusting that the Tillisberger will shut down the government for most of a week, when taxpayers are spending $50,000 per day for legislators to work on a budget, so that a bunch of them can go to the ALEC meeting.

But then that's how Thom got to be ALEC legislator of the year.

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Government shutdown

Next week our state government will shut down so that the governor and a bunch of legislators can go to the ALEC convention.

It won't be long before the state government will shut down for lack of funds.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Pat's speech

at the ALEC convention will be something to behold. It's entirely predictable; he'll lie about how cutting unemployment benefits increased employment because the lazy-assed people (the ones the companies told him refused to take jobs) had to take a job (and as a result, we're paying back our debt to the feds!); he'll lie about tax policy fixing the economy and creating jobs (we now have hard data that shows that it's killing revenue precisely because no jobs are materializing); and he'll lie about fixing broken government all over the place.

And the audience will cheer, genuflect and get the vapors.

And the mainstream media back home in North Carolina will report the cheering and the talking points from his speech without pointing out the falsehoods.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Adjourn next week?

They've stalled and played to the cameras for weeks, with no apparent motivation to actually agree on a new budget. But there's a new development.

The budget talks are expected to continue through the weekend and the good money in the hallways is betting on an adjournment next week.

Tillis knows he's gotta wrap this up. He's got an ALEC meeting to attend and campaigning to do. Finally, some motivation. 'Cause that "serve the people and do what they pay us to do" stuff didn't serve as sufficient motivation.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014