Phil Berger

Tillisberger the defendants

Apparently the Tillisberger's jobs program consists of full employment for the lawyers defending the many lawsuits filed against the NC GOP's unconstitutional laws.

It's hard to keep track, but Tillisberger is being sued for at least:

  • School vouchers;
  • The voter suppression law (with plaintiffs including at least the US Department of Justice, ACLU, NAACP, League of Women Voters and college students and other individuals);
  • The marriage oppression law;
  • The unconstitutional legislative building rules; and
  • Teacher career status revocation.

Add to that list the possum torture lawsuit. PETA has filed suit again, this time over the new law that Tillisberger passed in response to the previous lawsuit.

Yes, we do care that the Tillisberger wastes tax dollars

It costs an estimated $50,000 per day to keep the NC general assembly in session. Tillisberger is keeping the NCGA in session much longer than estimated, and much longer than necessary, as they argue about who should suffer pain so that teachers can get a pay raise. So far, the potential pain recipients they've considered include old people, blind people, kids, disabled people, teacher assistants, school nurses and the teachers themselves.

They have not considered slightly reducing the extreme comfort level of Art Pope and his wealthy friends.

As lawmakers continue to snarl at each other over the state budget in the July swelter, predictions that the state House and Senate would wrap up their summer session by the end of June look laughably optimistic in hindsight.

$50,000 per day. For every day of the NC GOP legislators' theatrics, ten teachers could get a $5,000 raise.

Tillis, Berger & McCrory rush new legislation outlawing elitism

This is satire. Please take it in the humorous spirit in which it is written.

Both houses of the North Carolina legislature rushed into late night session to pass legislation outlawing elitism in North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory signed it this morning saying, "This is an important law to protect average North Carolinians from being discriminated against. I wish it had been in place before I selected our poet laureate. She was held to much higher standards than the average poet could meet. That isn't fair. Average people deserve a chance to get awards too."

The law addresses several areas where Tillis, Berger, and McCrory felt average North Carolinians were losing out:

NC Scholars

The NC Scholars program was started in 1983 to designate those high school students with high academic performance. The NC Scholars program will now recognize all students with a GPA of 2.0 and higher.

Tillisberger to throw 12,000 kids out in the cold

or in the heat. But either way, the NC GOP wants to stop after-school child care subsidies for 12,000 kids from low-income families.

Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Cornelius, said the goal is to shift the focus to early childhood development..

Oh, well the way Jeff tells it, this must be a good thing. Unless, of course:

Child advocates say the change could put children at risk by forcing parents to choose between work and leaving their children in potentially unsafe situations.

Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. But that's just those bleeding-heart "child advocates" talking. Let's hear from an actual parent, who would need to pay more than $1,000 more per month, something she can't possibly afford.

GOP tax changes mean you pay more

GOP tax laws took effect this week that will mean a net increase for many North Carolina tax payers. For some it may not be a huge increase, but the fact is we are paying more. Republicans will nickel and dime us to death.

Eliminated was the tax-free shopping days scheduled for back-to-school shopping. Many of us saved on clothes, calculators, computers, and basic school supplies. The savings on a laptop for high school and college students was a huge benefit to many of us. You can see the full list of potential savings here.

Also eliminated was the tax-free shopping weekend for those buying certified energy-efficient household appliances. This tax break may not have been as widely enjoyed as the back-to-school tax break, but it was a much-needed incentive to encourage people to buy appliances that are more environmentally friendly.

Guvnor Pat gives Tillisberger a good laugh again

More accurately, in this case, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat provided major guffaws for Bergodaca by demanding that the NC Senate take a vote on the House budget, which is the budget that Guvnor McClueless has endorsed.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday demanded the state Senate take a vote on a education spending plan he supports a day after the chamber’s GOP leaders dismissed the legislation outright.

“I’m very disappointed that the Senate is not taking action on a House bill that was voted unanimously by Republicans and Democrats,” the Republican governor said. “I firmly believe the Senate needs to vote on that.”

The laughter of Sens. Berger and Apodaca reportedly could be heard all the way from Wilmington to Asheville.

Guvnor Pat gives Tillisberger a good laugh

Guvnor McClueless continues to operate under the delusion that he is somehow relevant in state government, although most everyone realizes that he's Tillisberger's hired pen, nothing more.

He recently offered two more humorous demonstrations of his view from his home in Alternate Realityville.

First, he summoned reporters to tell them what would happen if the House and Senate can't agree on a budget. It boggles the mind why any of the reporters bothered to show up, but they did, and Pat gave them the lowdown.

McCrory called reporters to his office on Monday afternoon to let them know he has told Budget Director Art Pope to issue a directive letting state agencies know how they should proceed if the current two-year budget isn’t amended in the next eight days – which is pretty much the whole reason the legislature is back in town for the short session.
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The Tillisberger police arrest more people

The Capitol Police undoubtedly believe they're fighting a losing battle. They spend their days in court to get random rulings of convictions or acquittal for people they arrested last year. They probably would like to just do their job and keep people in and around the State Capitol safe.

But Tillisberger keeps telling them to arrest people. Most recently, they passed new rules intended to infringe on people's First Amendment rights. Despite the fact that a judge issued a restraining order saying the new rules can't be enforced, Tillisberger told their enforcers to arrest people again.

Phil really hates music. Except for his violin solo played while North Carolina burns.

Tillisberger's anti-Moral Monday rules challenged in court

In their continuing quest to arrest people who don't agree with them, the NC GOP rushed through rules changes that apply to the legislative building, just before the first Moral Monday of this session. They did this with no notice and no public input (sorry, we know that goes without saying, since they do most everything with no notice and no public input).

Now the NAACP is challenging those rules in court.

The state chapter of the NAACP and other protesters are seeking to overturn rules that limit demonstrations at the Legislative Building.

Berger's PR stunt working like a charm

In today's mile-a-minute world, illusion is often more compelling than reality. That's certainly the case with Daddy Berger's political stunt yesterday, in which he single-handedly wrapped North Carolina pundits around his middle finger. Even Thomas Mills seems to have gotten caught up in the fantasy.

So far, I’ve disagreed with almost everything Phil Berger’s done and I probably will in the future. However, I believe that as a state and nation we need to have both sides listening to each other instead of demonizing each other. I hope that Senator Berger is sincere. After steering the state hard to the right, it’s time for somebody to bring it back to the middle.

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