Lack of transparency at NC General Assembly

Lack of transparency always a hallmark of NC legislature

Democrats have repeatedly cried foul during the six-month session, saying the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are circumventing public debate by introducing bills with little notice, if any, and using their numerical advantage to push them through the chambers quickly.

"They simply are imposing their will," said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland.


"Transparency is critical," Glazier said. "It's critical for not only a better product, but it's critical for the confidence of the public about what's happening here."

Republican lawmakers say more notice would do little to change the outcomes – they have the numbers to pass their agenda. They also say there's not enough time in the session to allow public comment on every controversial bill, adding that Election Day gives the public a chance to comment on their actions.

Also, many Republicans say, their actions are business as usual at the General Assembly.


The Bottom Line:

Glazier said citing past Democratic wrongs is a poor defense.

"Two wrongs don't make a right. It's what we teach our kids," he said.


Two Wrongs...

...indeed do not make a right. Just because someone else did it, too, it doesn't make what you did any better. This is indeed what we teach our kids.

And where is DAG McCrony's outrage over the latest motorcycle abortion bill? He was quick to condemn the Senate's skullduggery on their abortion bill, but when the House did the same thing, we hear deafening silence from Pat about the procedures (ah! But then we find out that he's OK with this bill, so I guess DAG McCrony believes that the ends justify the means...but wait, don't we try to teach our kids that this isn't right either?).

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis