Attorney General Roy Cooper

Another annoying history lesson by Rob Christensen

Dude, you're killing me:

The whole business of mass firings in state government pretty much began with the election of Democrat Kerr Scott in 1948, a Jacksonian figure who beat the more conservative machine. North Carolina was a one-party state then so this was factional Democratic warfare.

NC's power-mad Republicans once again in national spotlight

Like children running free in a candy store:

The session, complete with fervent protests, was a replay of a common scene over the last four years: Republicans in the legislature introduce a bill; Democrats argue against fiercely; a large number of protestors arrive and demonstrate; but the bills roll on with little impediment, thanks to large Republican majorities in both houses. Those majorities exist in part thanks to gerrymandered districts, some of which were so extreme that a federal court has ordered them redrawn and has shortened the terms of some legislators to a year in order to accommodate special elections in 2017.

Sometimes I get a little jealous of all those people who studiously ignore politics, and go about their day wondering what Victor on General Hospital has been up to or complain about somebody wearing pajamas at Wally World. But then I remember that a lot of those people actually *do* vote, and their inattentiveness is what helps these GOP mini-tyrants stay in office. But not everybody is standing idle, and the folks who drove to Raleigh to fight back deserve a huge round of applause:

Republicans use faulty evidence to indict Cooper

That report doesn't say what you think it does:

Rep. Marilyn Avila’s remarks were delivered through a couple of layers of politics: She spoke at a GOP news conference attacking Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper for problems at the lab, and she is running for re-election against the former lab director, Joe John.

Avila, a chemist who lives in Raleigh, never mentioned John in her remarks and only passingly criticized Cooper, who is running for governor. She focused on the larger concerns raised in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report, which was released Tuesday.

She may have only "passingly" criticized Cooper, but the two others with her made up for that shortfall. And as I said on Facebook: In typical fashion, the NC GOP is now attacking Roy Cooper for a problem that is more their fault than his. The NC Crime Lab is woefully underfunded by the Legislature, lacking supplies, staffing, and crushed under unfunded mandates. And most attempts to rectify that, such as the bill I'm linking to below, are tossed into the committee dustbin. It would be nice to see a front-page story about this, but don't hold your breath:

Unhinged UNCW professor lashes out at Roy Cooper

Mike Adams is the quintessential religious demagogue:

Of course, this is not the first time the feminist duo of Potter and Brennan have been sent by Cooper to do the dirty work of stripping Christians of their First Amendment rights. Just two years ago, the pair lost a jury trial in Greenville, North Carolina in a four-day trial. During that trial, they specifically read from the opinion columns of a Christian professor and effectively asked the jury to punish the author for writing them. The jury responded by siding with the professor.

The Cooper-led feminist ms-step ended up costing the state $665K in compensatory damages and attorney fees. It’s a good thing the judge didn’t tack on another one thousand. Had it been $666K some might have started wondering whether Cooper is in fact the anti-Christ.

This guy has no business standing in front of a class of canines being trained, much less university students. And not only is he hostile to successful females, his fear and loathing of LGBT folks is legendary:

Roy Cooper attends, speaks at reception in Raleigh

On Wednesday, May 18th, a reception was held at the home of Christine and George Reddin in support of Roy Cooper's gubernatorial campaign. Cooper, North Carolina's current Attorney General, was in attendance and even gave a short speech to a room full of around 40-50 supporters, donors, legislators, and more.

Little Ricky shoots and misses on McCrory's out-of-state donors

"But...but...the Democrats started it!"

"I think generally, you see a lot of people nationally taking note of Governor McCrory's strong leadership in rebuilding North Carolina," Diaz said. He also pointed to a fundraising email Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sent on McCrory's behalf that made reference "liberal media, radical left and big-government labor bosses." Diaz said suggested that "out-of-state special interest money" on the left has helped draw support to McCrory from conservatives around the country.

Dude, McCrory was awash in out-of-state donations in his first (and only) successful Gubernatorial campaign, and that was long before Roy Cooper threw his hat into the ring. And as far as that Scott Walker e-mail you're pointing to, that just happened in December. You know, three months ago. Considering that left only a few weeks in Pat's 4th Quarter reporting period, I think we can safely say that you're an idiot.

NC GOP wastes no time in attacking Roy Cooper

They'll use anything as fodder, but this time it's Obama's executive actions on gun sales:

NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said Tuesday Obama is not standing up for the constitutional rights of citizens. “Our question is if North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will. Certainly there will be attorney generals across this country that will standup and fight these executive orders,” Woodhouse said.

“The president has done something here that he couldn’t get passed through the legislative process and that should concern all citizens,” Woodhouse said. “What the president has done here is assert authority we don’t think he has and what North Carolina citizens need is our state Attorney General Roy Cooper to do something about it.”

What the President has done is probably a far sight less than he should have, but you won't hear anything like that from the gun-nuts or GOP lawmakers and their political apparatchiks. Closing the gunshow loophole and cracking down on "private" sales is a critical step. Until that happens, it doesn't matter how accurate and up-to-date the federal database is, because somebody who would fail that test has a Plan B. And after all the harping about "mental illness" the gun lobby has used as a deflection, for them to condemn the very thing they've been promoting proves that was all just a sham. No logical ground to stand on.

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:

North Carolina Democratic Party Convention News

After a quick three hour drive, we arrived in Raleigh and easily found parking despite the hysteria on Facebook from a few in the party warning us that a PREVIOUS employee had planned the convention LAST FALL and there were four high school graduation ceremonies at the convention center that would make parking difficult. I'm sure some who arrived after 11:00 a.m. had a harder time finding parking, however there were entire sections of the parking deck empty when we pulled up.

The convention hall is very organized and they are now moving people forward because the number of attendees does not match the number who RSVP'd for the convention. That happens at an event this large. It is a nice facility...so...go Raleigh.

Voller just recognized a gentleman who was part of D-Day to a standing ovation.

Will continue....

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Black Backs the Bad Guys

Jim Black (D),leader of the NC House, apparently finds it near impossible to stay out of trouble. While Atty. General Roy Cooper (D) was trying to shut down "payday lenders", Black and another NC House Democrat were taking more than $10,000 each from the lenders.

In case you didn't know, a payday lender is the same as a check-cashing service is the same as a legal loanshark. You bring them proof that you've got a job, and they'll give you a 30-day loan to cover you until your next paycheck. The problem is the interest rate. If you annualize the interest you pay on the short-term loan, the rates are outrageous -- I've heard 200% to 400%. Paying this kind of interest while pre-spending your next paycheck is a quick way into bankruptcy for many. Meanwhile, many banks and credit unions quietly offer the same service at much more reasonable rates. "Payday" = predatory.

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