former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory as the new Republican Governor. Mr. McCrory had been known in North Carolina Charlotte as a moderate,
relatively bi-partisan, lets-work-together mayor in a Democratic city. He was expected to continue the tradition of
pragmatic, economic growth oriented, education supporting previous Republican
governors of that state.
It turns out that Mr. McCrory is largely a caricature and largely a captive of the extreme elements of his party. He said in the campaign he would not sign new restrictions on abortions, and now says he will (can’t have the GOP mad at him, can we?). He has provided little or no guidance in
Raleigh on tax and spending legislation and for
all practical purposes the Republican controlled state legislators are ignoring
him. They know he will sign whatever
Case in point is the passage of one of the most restrictive voting bills in the nation. One provision eliminates programs to get high school students who will turn 18 into the voting process. Mr. McCrory’s take on this .
|Clueless in Raleigh|
Gov. McCrory - "I don't know
what I am signing - I don't read
the bills I just approve them"
McCrory was then asked specifically about the provision ending pre-registration by those under 18.
"I don't know enough, I'm sorry, I haven't seen that part of the bill," McCrory replied.
Remember those words everyone, “I don’t know enough, I’m sorry”. The watch words of the Republican Governor of
Some readers have asked why this Forum no longer reports on events in
Minnesota. The reason is simple. After having endured a Republican controlled
legislature the voters of that state threw the bums out. So now Minnesota
operates in a relatively normal manner. North Carolinians, having been sold a bill of goods will
have that opportunity in the coming years.
If they retain Republicans in power they have no one to blame but
themselves for the ridicule and decline that will be continually occur in a once great
moderate southern state.