Mike Stone's trustee attack law headed to court

Drunk with power:

The complaint states that the Lee County Board of Commissioners, which wasn't affected by the bill, is controlled by a Republican majority, the same party as Stone. It also notes the four trustees kicked off the board and prohibited from being immediately re-elected are all registered as Democrat or Unaffiliated, and that the school board that elected them — which was recently changed to a partisan board, in a separate law proposed by Stone — is also majority Democrat or Unafilliated.

This isn't the first time General Assembly Republicans have misused their majority for partisan gain, and it's not the first time they've undermined the will of the people by taking authority away from local elected governments. But it may be the first time they've targeted specific individuals:

SECTION 1. The terms of all individuals elected solely by the Lee County Board of Education to the Board of Trustees of Central Carolina Community College shall expire effective August 1, 2013.

SECTION 2. No later than August 1, 2013, as required by G.S. 115D-12(a) for elections to Group One of the board of trustees for a community college, four trustees shall be jointly elected to the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees by the Board of Education of Chatham County, the Board of Education of Lee County, and the Board of Education of Harnett County with each board having one vote in the election of each trustee. No board of education shall elect a member of the board of education or any person employed by the board of education to serve as a trustee. No board of education shall reelect an individual elected solely by the Lee County Board of Education whose term expires August 1, 2013, as provided in Section 1 of this act, to one of the terms of office provided in Section 3 of this act.

Bolding mine. Just because a Local bill doesn't have to be approved by the Executive, it doesn't mean you can do whatever the hell you like, including removing individuals from local boards. Every single Republican who voted "aye" should be called as a witness in this lawsuit, to explain why they thought such misuse of government power was a good idea.


Injunction in Charlotte re: airport monkey business

Another case of Republican pillaging put on hold by the courts.


It's in everybody's best interests

to put a halt to these out-of-control big-government tyrants. If we don't, pretty soon elections really won't matter anymore.

This has all happened before

Until a year or two ago I was completely ignorant of most of what goes on in Raleigh (thanks to BlueNC, among others, that is changing), and the political history of our state. The other night I found this in an article about the fusion politics of the late nineteenth century.

The undemocratic County Government Act of 1877 already hampered elections. By means of this act, Democrats maintained power over local governments. The law allowed the legislature to appoint local justices, and permitted these appointed judges to choose county commissioners. Though other county offices remained elective, the law helped maintain Democratic control of “purse strings” and prevent blacks or Republicans from gaining local power.

I'm reminded of a line from one of my favorite pieces of science fiction television (yeah, I'm a geek), "This has all happened before, and it will all happen again." It's up to us to break this cycle, learn from our history, and move forward together.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

This is the same Mike Stone...

...who shut down a radio program that dared to criticize him and ranted because his daughter is more enlightened than he is.

It seems that Mike Stone has an over-inflated sense of self-importance, and that he is a quick study about how to punish his enemies.

What a waste of protoplasm he is.

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

I don't want to in any way

I don't want to in any way imply that I support yet another action taken by Stone. However I believe the origin of this law comes from a problem of fairness that has been observed with the CCCC BofT. Central Carolina has branches in three counties, but the BofT is overwhelmingly dominated by Lee County. In part that is because of the way trustees are appointed. Chatham and Harnett county elected officials have little input in those appointments. This heavy handed law should have been an attempt to create a more geographically balanced board and no one should have been removed or denied the opportunity to be elected in the future. So once again what should have been an attempt to resolve an issue of fairness and equal representation instead becomes a partisan power grab.

I'm a moderate Democrat.