I may have missed it, but don't think anyone over here has picked up on the boat bill issue.
I don't know whether they figure as many Republicans as Dems have something to lose by making a campaign issue of it, but my god, whatever they stand to gain has to be awfully damned substantial to risk what seems to me a horrific stench that once again is coming from the Democratic side of the aisle.
Some of you who follow the doings of the General Assembly may have noticed that they recently passed a bill that would permit 9 1/2 foot wide boats to travel our highways without restrictions. The purpose of this bill? You have to ask that question.
The State Highway Patrol has come out strongly against it because it represents an obvious safety hazard, and Governor Easley, to his credit, vetoed the damnable thing.
But Marc Basnight wants them to come back into session for the purpose of over-riding this veto. Come BACK into session for a boat bill? Not mental health, not ethics issues, not the botch of state employee payrolls, not any number of pressing issues.
You have to ask why.
I can't describe it better or in more detail than Laura Leslie, so please check out Isaac Hunter's Tavern esp. entries for Thursday and Friday (this past week).