NC constitution

Know your constitution: Voter Rights edition

Since state legislators continue to pass bills in violation of their oaths to the state and federal constitutions, it is again time to rearm citizens with the basics of our shared government -- the constitution.

The NC Constitution speaks directly to voting rights and suffrage. In fact, Article VI, Section 1. of the NC Constitution is literally titled "Who may vote." It doesn't get any more plain than that.

Know your constitution: Nullification edition

Since idiot state legislators continue to file bills in violation of their oaths to the state and federal constitutions, it's time to rearm citizens with the basics of our shared government -- the constitution.

The US Constitution is what binds us together to form a country. The North Carolina Constitution is wholly subservient to the US Constitution. Why? Because the North Carolina Constitution says so.

More misinformation about labor unions

Pervasive ignorance on display:

As it happens, North Carolina is - and has long been, and with good reason - among the many states in the union that already have "right-to-work" laws on the books, which we wholeheartedly endorse. In other words, it is already the case that no one here can require an applicant to join a union as a condition of employment.

For the thousandth time, "right-to-work" laws have nothing to do with protecting workers, and everything to do with protecting management. And if you would pluck your head out of your ass for just a few seconds to ponder how this:

NC Libertarians take strong stand against Amendment One

At least two county chapters of the NC Libertarian Party have stated their opposition to Amendment One.

NC Institute for Constitutional Law stands behind the GOTP assault

"I don't see a constitutional violation, I think that there's a lot of disappointment from those who opposed the bill last night, but disappointment doesn't equal unconstitutionality,” said Jeanette Doran with the NCICL.

With Art Pope's hand firmly on her fancy leash, Ms. Doran is paid not to see a constitutional violation when it serves the Puppymaster's agenda. How could it be otherwise?

The Amendment: Just the Facts

Now that the NC General Assembly has finished passing the Does-Nothing-About-Divorce Amendment, it's time to look at the text of the bill and discover the truth about the law.

First, it's been reported that the amendment will be on a ballot in May. It ain't necessarily so. Take a look at the text of the bill. It reads:

The amendment set out in Section 1 of this act shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the State at a statewide election to be held on the date of the first primary in 2012, which election shall be conducted under the laws then governing elections in the State

The NC GOP, not-so-strict Constitutionalists

Another mask gets ripped off the face of Republicans:

Berger doesn’t want to present voters with a “California-style ballot” with “page after page” of amendments in 2012, because he thinks voters won’t give them due consideration.

But he said lawmakers could also consider brand-new amendments. “It’s my understanding under the rules, it would not have to already have been introduced – it’s something that could be introduced in the constitutional issues session, so there may be any number of others.”

Which can also be described as a "free-for-all". Or a clusterfuck. Whatever the case, it's about as far away from Conservatism as you can get.

I think you might be wrong, Gerry

Barry Smith of M2M Politics asked Gerry Cohen a question:

I had a question back then regarding whether the General Assembly has the power to pardon anyone, since the N.C. Constitution doesn’t mention giving them such a power.

Gerry Cohen, who is the General Assembly’s director of legislative drafting and constitutional expert, has sent a memo to the Senate Rules Committee saying that the General Assembly does indeed have an “inherent power” to do so.

Barry, I'm even farther away from a law degree than you are, but after evaluating what Gerry cited, I don't think either one of them has the authority to pardon Governor Holding.

What legislator said this last month? "To me, the constitution gives you rights.”

Senator Ellie Kinniard (D-Orange); former Mayor of Carrboro
25% (2 votes)
Representative Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford); first openly gay member of NC House
25% (2 votes)
Senator Richard Stevens (R-Wake); a rare Republican that did not sponsor the Does-Nothing-About-Divorce amendment last session
25% (2 votes)
Representative Stephen LaRoque (R-Lenoir); House Rules Co-Chairman and co-sponsor of the Does-Nothing-About-Divorce amendment
13% (1 vote)
Representative Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba); often an early co-sponsor of the Does-Nothing-About-Divorce amendment
13% (1 vote)
Total votes: 8
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