The Morning Roundup: Another Bad Day to be Pat McCrory. He Should Be Used to It by Now. | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Another Bad Day to be Pat McCrory. He Should Be Used to It by Now.

Posted by on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 9:07 AM

click to enlarge pat.jpg

Happy Hump Day, everyone. Lots to get to this morning. Let’s do this. 

1. Roy Cooper won’t defend the state’s voting law, and Pat McCrory is angry

Last week, of course, a panel of federal judges struck down the voting restrictions the state enacted in 2013—voter ID, less early voting, same-day registration, etc.—saying they had “discriminatory intent.” Indeed, the court said, the Republican legislature studied how black people vote, then enacted rules to make it harder for them to do so, all in the name of bolstering their partisan majority. There’s a word for that. 

via GIPHY


Unsurprisingly, Attorney General Roy Cooper, a candidate for governor, isn’t willing to sully his reputation by defending the indefensible. And Pat McCrory is very mad about that.

From the N&O:

North Carolina’s attorney general won’t represent the state in appealing last week’s court ruling that overturned a voter ID mandate and other voting restrictions.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday the state had tried its best to defend against the lawsuit but lost. Outside counsel for the governor and legislative leaders who are already involved in the case can handle any appeals, Cooper said, although he pointed out that would cost additional money and confuse voters.

Gov. Pat McCrory quickly called a news conference to denounce Cooper, the Democrat who is challenging him in the November election, for refusing to defend the state against this and other politically charged lawsuits. Both candidates went on the attack as their campaigns picked up steam approaching the final three months before Election Day.

“We’re very disappointed to hear that again his office is not willing to do his job,” McCrory said. “In fact, I question whether he should even accept a paycheck from the state of North Carolina any more because he continues to not do his job, as his oath of office requires him to do.”

Pretty sure that oath of office actually requires Cooper to foremost uphold the constitution of the United States. It’s right there in the first line. Look: 

click to enlarge screen_shot_2016-08-03_at_8.43.13_am.png

In fact, Cooper only has to uphold state law so long as it is “not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States”—which, well, this one quite is. 

2. A state toxicologist says under oath that the McCrory administration misled homeowners about coal ash. McCrory calls him a liar

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration went to extraordinary lengths Tuesday night to question the sworn deposition of Ken Rudo, a state toxicologist who said administration officials misled homeowners about the safety of well water near unlined coal ash pits owned by Duke Energy.

Not only did the state Department of Health and Human Services, the agency for which Rudo works, put out a news release refuting his sworn statements, but McCrory Chief of Staff Thomas Stith issued a news release and then held a hastily arranged late-night news conference saying that Rudo was lying about a meeting in which the scientist says McCrory participated by phone.

"We don't know why Ken Rudo lied under oath, but the governor absolutely did not take part in or request this call or meeting, as he suggests," Stith said just after 9:15 p.m., speaking to television reporters in the rotunda of the historic State Capitol. Reporters for newspapers and wire services said over social media they were not notified of the news conference.

Yep, it’s the bureaucrat who has a motive to lie here.

3. Today in police/community relations: 


The release last month of the “Running Man Challenge” video produced by the Bull City’s police officers and sheriff’s deputies, was delayed following the fatal shootings of their colleagues in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Undeterred, the two law enforcement agencies released the video Tuesday as part of the National Night Out celebrations across the United States.

Tamara Gibbs, a Durham sheriff’s spokeswoman, said the law enforcement agencies made the video with the goal of engaging the community and building relationships with citizens the officers are sworn to serve and protect.

“We want to build bridges, friendships and partnerships with the community they serve,” Gibbs said Tuesday afternoon.

Gibbs added that creating the video also served as a “morale booster for law enforcement officers.

“The receive a lot of scrutiny,” she said. “They deserve encouragement as well.”
4. Legislators invited to submit “illustrative maps” for Wake redistricting

A federal judge on Tuesday invited attorneys representing the leaders of the state Senate and House of Representatives to submit “illustrative maps” to guide how the Wake County school board and county commissioner districts could be redrawn.

Senate President Phil Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County, and House Speaker Tim Moore, a Republican from Cleveland County, are not officially part of the lawsuit that overturned a district plan for the two Wake County boards drawn by the legislature in 2013 and 2015.

U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III held a hearing on Tuesday that drew a crowd of about 70 people to the courtroom gallery. The hearing closed without a decision on whether Wake voters would go to the polls this year to elect county commissioners or school board members.

A three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. District Court of Appeals found the legislative maps that were drawn for the school board in 2013 and for the county commissioners in 2015 an unconstitutional violation of the “one-person, one-vote” principle.

Since then, Wake voters have been left wondering what will happen with school board and county commissioner elections, scheduled for this November.

The challengers who overturned the maps objected to the judge’s decision to allow Berger and Moore to submit “illustrative maps” on Wednesday morning, saying the legislative leaders did not represent the full General Assembly. The legislature left the capital this summer without drawing new maps for the districts.
Can’t wait to see what Phil Berger’s dream map looks like. 

Finally, here’s a live image from Trump headquarters

via GIPHY


Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

@ Hunter23 "A combination of investors and loans" is not specific, and nowhere in the article is the phrase "private …

by RJO_III on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

The article clearly states the building would be privately funded with the state/local gov pitching in for infrastructure enhancement. The …

by Hunter23 on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

Most Recent Comments

@ Hunter23 "A combination of investors and loans" is not specific, and nowhere in the article is the phrase "private …

by RJO_III on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

The article clearly states the building would be privately funded with the state/local gov pitching in for infrastructure enhancement. The …

by Hunter23 on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

I truly admire the passion and support the message. But it seems standing on an overpass during rush hour traffic …

by Diane Alenezi on High Above I-40, Protesters Call for "Health Care 4 All" (News)

This will turn the Mordecai neighborhood & surrounding neighborhoods (one of the only places in downtown Raleigh with any character …

by RJO_III on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

Oh Leanne, don't you know the GA laid them all off? And that people always crap on their own public …

by biIIy on North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation