Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This Is A Republican, Part 5: Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina, has announced that he will sign into law a Republican-backed bill making sweeping changes to how and when North Carolinians can vote. McCrory praised the bill at a press conference, saying it will restore faith in elections by requiring voters to present government-issued identification at the polls.

But he hasn’t seen one of the bill’s key provisions.

An Associated Press reporter asked the Republican governor how three particular provisions of the bill — ending same-day voter registration, trimming the period for early voting by a week and eliminating a program that encourages high school students to register to vote in advance of their 18th birthdays — would help prevent voter fraud.

And McCrory answered by talking about two other sections of the legislation: a measure that directs counties to make early voting available for more hours during the abbreviated early voting period and a provision forbidding lobbyists from passing campaign donations from their clients directly on to lawmakers.

McCrory was then asked again about the three provisions and how they would prevent voter fraud, and he responded by saying he had long been concerned about same-day registration, which allows voters to cast a ballot immediately after presenting elections officials with proof of their name and home address.

McCrory was then asked specifically about the provision ending pre-registration by those under 18 and said, "I don't know enough, I'm sorry, I haven't seen that part of the bill."

The bill he’d just said he would sign; hasn’t read it, doesn’t know some key provisions, but, hey, it’s gonna get some ink from him.

Pat McCrory. Seriously, North Carolina? Seriously? You’ve got a governor passing bills he hasn’t even read.


anne marie in philly said...

woman-hating bigot!

the dogs' mother said...

I'm getting dizzy...

Ron said...

The Republican's playbook of today is to elect the seemingly affable, non-threatening boy next door type of governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvaniaand now Pat McCrory of North Carolina. Unlike Ohio governor John Kasich, who makes your skin crawl just to look at him (same with Florida governor Rick Scott); who will then ram through the Republican Agenda of restricting and eliminating the right to choose, voter suppression and denying equal right to the LGBT community. This is right out of the Evil Genius's playbook, Karl Rove; a cancer on our country. The Demorcatic voters have got to get out the next election cycles of these governors and vote them out. Stop being lazy!

mistress maddie said...

This THIS IS A REPUBLICAN series is so true and brilliant Bob, and the pictures are working great to keep the mice away from the basement.

truthspew said...

I should mention I have some expertise regarding the voter fraud issue.

This is because I had an integral part of getting RI's Central Voter Registration System up and running.

That involved de-duplication, eliminating dead voters, and enough so that we had a fairly confident list of voters.

But our legislature saw clear to pass a Voter ID bill - that by it's verbiage actually increases the likelihood of voter fraud.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

R.J. said...

Bob, I can't wait to see what you have to say about Louie Gohmert!

And this punk reminds me of that lady running the press corps for the Romney camp in The Newsroom. What a tool.

Biki Honko said...

The hateful GOP wont be happy until only white men over the age of 40 are the only ones who can vote. Could it be they will re-institute the landownership part of it as well? Seriously, women need to flee from this party and swing their half of the population to the dems and get these asshats out of office, everywhere!