Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory

McCrory's legacy reduced to "sore loser" status

As a wise (country music-singing) man once said: "You gotta know when to fold 'em."

“With each day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud,” said Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager in a statement Nov. 17. Um, no. The State Board of Elections issued an order Monday dismissing such protests. But while the State Board was mining grassroots details, a couple bigger questions from 10,000 feet up have gone unanswered.

If voter fraud is/was as widespread as Gov. Sore Loser has claimed, how is it that he is the only big-name Republican to lose a statewide race? Was the fraudulent conspiracy so surgical that it only took out McCrory?

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when fist-clenching Pat reads this editorial. Of course, he won't get the message and reassess his efforts to undermine the will of the voters, it will simply be more proof of the widespread conspiracy to derail the Carolina Comeback and unfairly blemish his resume'. So the fight will go on, and North Carolina will continue to be the subject of ridicule on the national stage, as people from other states gawk at us in disbelief. Thanks, McCrory.

Dan Forest trying to out-bigot McCrory

Bless his cold, dark heart:

If 3/5ths of the Senators agree, as President of the Senate, I will call them back in for a special session. ...

Posted by Dan Forest on Thursday, March 3, 2016

It appears reading comprehension is *not* one of Lieutenant Dan's strong suits. It takes written requests from 3/5 of both houses for such a session to be called:

DisConnect NC: Cheerleaders deployed, detractors annoyed

The big money players really want this thing:

Bond supporters behind the Connect NC Committee, which is registered with the state to promote the bond issue, say they have raised almost half of their $3.3 million goal, enough to launch a first round of TV ads around the state.

“A bond amounts to deferred taxation,” Revels said. “We’re talking about adopting a line of credit and leaving that to future generations to have to pay off, plus substantial interest. So I don’t think it’s a fiscally responsible policy for us to leave that for our children.”

But proponents are likely correct that they won't have to raise taxes to pay for it. They can do that simply by stealing funds that would/should have gone towards annual education budgets. As far as the debt is concerned, it won't just be the state who is forced into the red:

McCrory tries to tie political campaign to Panthers' success

It's even dumber than it sounds:

The ad, released Friday, shows the Republican governor touting the accomplishments of his “Carolina Comeback.” The ad cuts to McCrory standing in front of a house, holding a football.

“There’s still work to do,” he says. “But we have a ‘Carolina Comeback’ for sure. We just don’t always get the respect we’ve earned. Well, there is one solution. Keep Pounding, Panthers! And have a Super day!”

If by "we just don't always get the respect we've earned" you mean we are a near-constant laughingstock in national print and television media, due to the ham-handed way the Republican Party has mismanaged our state, then yes. The respect has been lacking. But we have "earned" that scorn, no matter how much you'd like to twitch your nose or shake your fist and make it go away.

DAG McCrory's prognosis: Toast or toasted in victory?

Our pal Bob Geary thinks it's a done deal:

From a progressive standpoint, his record is a disaster made worse—for McCrory's purposes—by the fact that he's so often been a hapless bystander when Republican bills were speeding to enactment. But let's face it. For every voter who thinks Republican policies are killing the state, there's another who thinks the opposite—and who believes that a governor who does nothing is doing what he ought to do.

What will make the difference, I predict, are the host of small scandals and brewing screw-ups that surround McCrory. They will mark him, finally, as the kind of corrupt, Republican-establishment traitor so despised by the angry tea-party crowds backing Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Corrupt and—in Trump lingo—low-energy. Plus, "stupid."

It defies logic, of course. The policies that have harmed so many of our people should be the deciding factor. But as we've seen in the past, NC voters soon forget the pain of their neighbors, but don't forget the stink of corruption and shady dealings. Another strike against McCrory is the loss of crossover votes. The first time around, way too many Democrats (17%?) thought they would be getting moderate, metropolitan Mayor Pat, but that myth is long dead. So is having a lukewarm opponent. Here's a quick test: Without resorting to Google, who was his Democratic opponent? Come on, it was only three years ago! Answer below the fold:

McCrory's naive and costly "Branding" initiative

Tying a ribbon on a tyrannical, short-sighted, destructive, anti-social pig:

This Labor Day weekend, approximately 1.5 million North Carolina residents will travel our state highways and can see elements of the initiative, which include a new state logo and tagline, on more than 75 billboards across the state. It also is being used in a variety of print, broadcast and digital marketing materials, and on several state websites and social media. To view the new look, please visit www.nc.gov.

“In an increasingly competitive environment, it’s crucial for North Carolina to articulate at a glance all we have to offer,” said N.C. Governor Pat McCrory. “The new look and messaging are reflective of the people and the assets that make this state such an inspiring place to live, work and play. North Carolina has great momentum and will be even stronger with support of a brand that pulls everything together.”

We've already been engaged in branding since the GOP took over back in 2010. Here's a short list of "elements of the initiative" that have made national news: An aggressive war on women with an anti-abortion centerpiece, voter suppression efforts targeting minorities and college students, anti-LGBT steps that include amending the state Constitution, harsh measures taken against the poor and unemployed, the reversal of environmental protections that a flood of coal ash couldn't stop, mounting evidence that our Legislature is reliant on ALEC and the Koch Brothers to craft our laws for us, a teacher migration that's leaving our school systems scrambling to hire new teachers that don't exist, and a Governor that has so many unethical skeletons in his closet he could field a lacrosse team with them. Doubtless I've left out several embarrassing points that would also keep people and businesses from relocating or vacationing here, but suffice it to say some billboards and commercials aren't going to "fix" our image problem.

North Carolina's constitutional circus

After watching an unending string of their unconstitutional laws be obliterated by the courts, Tillisberger passed a law (itself unconstitutional) requiring lawsuits against their unconstitutional laws to be heard by a three-judge panel. They figured that this might, through some (ahem) "judicious" judge shopping, allow their unconstitutional laws to remain in force.

They never expected that Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory would get off his leash just long enough to file suit against one of their unconstitutional laws, and they surely didn't expect he'd win.

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