July 24, 2018/Press

Speaker Moore Worries Bipartisan Board Will “Misrepresent” Constitutional Amendments

Raleigh – Legislative Republicans are rushing back to Raleigh to grab power from the scariest thing imaginable to Republicans – a bipartisan board running an open transparent process. Their reason? That a bipartisan commission (out of their control) with an open and transparent public process is politicized:

Speaker Moore: “There’s been a lot of discussion about what I would believe, and what a lot of my colleagues would believe, is to misrepresent and politicize something that’s purely administrative.” [News & Observer, 7/23/18]

The spin is “laughable” considering that Republicans’ main goal this session is to politicize what currently is a transparent, open public process so they can misrepresent their constitutional amendments. Here’s the truth:

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall: “I have had no outside groups or pressure tactics aimed at me or used against me.” [7/23/18]

News & Observer Editorial: “In a laughable cover for his call for a special session, Lewis wrote that it’s needed to keep his party’s politically motivated amendments from being politicized … The proposed amendments were vaguely worded when the legislature approved them. And that was intentional to make the changes seem more palatable to voters or less revealing.” [7/23/18]

CBC Editorial: “Without a shred of proof, Lewis wrote that the commission would overreach … Bringing the legislature back is a terrible idea and shouldn’t be done. It will lead, as we’ve seen in the past, to nothing but trouble.” [7/23/18]

Charlotte Observer: HEADLINE: First the legislature proposed a blatant power grab. Now it wants a hidden one, too. [6/27/18]

Winston Salem Journal: “The arguments in favor of a resounding, across-the-board “no” are powerful and plentiful. Topping the list is the disingenuous and misleading way lawmakers crafted the proposals.” [7/20/18]

Star-News Editorial: HEADLINE: Attempted power-grab in Raleigh is plain un-American
“Mainly, though, it would result in bad governance. Given this legislature’s tendency to draw up bills in back rooms with no public debate, we can imagine the deal-making and favor-trading that would go into filling these powerful board seats.” [7/8/18]