Republican brownshirts provoking Moral Monday leaders

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What a jerk

Partially blocking the doorway, telling Rev Barber he can enter but if he touches him he'll file charges.

That's some middle-school bullshit right there. And we're paying this guy's salary?

Why wasn't this jerk

arrested by the Capitol Police?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Just So We're Clear

The last time Rev. Barber brought people to that office they sat in there well into the middle of the night and were eventually arrested. That guy had to sit their the whole time and couldn't go home until everyone left. That guy answers the phones, probably for about $35k. He doesn't get paid enough to have to put up with theatrics all night, while the Speaker goes home at 6.

On another note, the law does not provide a partially special right to be inside a government office. The Speaker's office is likely considered a non-public forum, considering that its primary purpose is to provide a space for the Speaker's official business, rather than a place commonly used for public discourse. Just because it is a public building doesn't mean that the public has unlimited access to the space. Government buildings close and commonly restrict access to employees and authorized visitors. Go try to walk into the Department of Revenue Building and go into an office without an appointment.

Granted, the General Assembly is the "people's house" Nonetheless, almost all state legislatures, along with the US Capitol, are nonpublic forums free to exclude individuals and groups as needed to allow that important work can continue uninterrupted.

Still doesn't excuse

his behavior. That little game he played was intended to embarrass Reverend Barber because of his size/weight. Like I said, middle school stuff.