Liberal “non-partisan” coalition urges “crippling”, videotracking of #NCGOP leaders (FRI. UPDATE)

Via the Charlotte Observer (shockingly enough!):

RALEIGH With Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other conservatives controlling state government, what’s a North Carolina liberal to do?

According to one group, they should:

• “Crippl(e) their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.)”

• “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

• “Pressure McCrory at every public event.”

• “Slam him when he contradicts his promises.”

Those were among the talking points and action steps in a memo forwarded by Blueprint North Carolina, a partnership of advocacy and policy groups based in Raleigh.


“If you want to impact the effectiveness of a lawmaker … one way to do that is to find out where they’re weak and use that to your advantage,” he said.

Among other things, the talking points memo said that “McCrory is extremely thin-skinned.” It also mentioned House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger of Eden.

It recommends a “staff of video trackers that follow targets’ every move (McCrory/Tillis) and also capture as much video of committee hearings as possible looking for opportunities to feed our overarching narrative (McCrory and the Legislature are out of control…)”

The memo included slides of progressives’ arguments. There’s some suggestion that they may have already had an effect.

When House Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham gave his response to McCrory’s State of the State address last week, he talked about how McCrory’s plan for charter schools “lacks accountability and would allow out-of-state corporations to create online, for-profit virtual charter schools.”

Those remarks, and ones about charters that followed, were identical to language in the memo forwarded by Blueprint.

Guess what? Blueprint is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit org.   They claim they are non-partisan but that’s total bullsh*t. The Observer notes that the Blueprint website reads that they are ““strictly prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”  If that’s the case, they could well be in violation of their own code (in spite of the group’s executive director dodging by suggesting their rule only applies to those running for office, not those already in it & governing) and, more importantly, its tax-exempt status.  Will the state GOP press on this issue? Time will tell.

Regardless, the fact that House Minority Leader Hall (D) appeared to lift word for word certain memo language from the memo Blueprint forwarded should raise red flags across this state as to the potential for Democrats in the state legislature to follow its orders, especially on “crippling” & “eviscerating” state government via GOP leaders like the Governor and following and videotaping them everywhere they go (which is UNCALLED FOR, no matter that the national GOP and Democrat parties do it regularly).  While it’s normal for the opposition party to want to limit the agenda of the majority party as much as possible, ultimately they have to learn to work with them – for better or for worse.  Any of the Democrats in the state legislature who don’t understand how this is done should ask their GOP colleagues, considering the GOP as a party has rarely – and I do mean RARELY – been in control of both state houses here.  Democrats have largely ruled this state going back well over a century, and that includes the Governorship, so Republicans have had little choice but to work with them when they could, and oppose them when they felt the need was necessary.  Disabling state government was never part of the picture.

This is important to remember: Obstructing what you feel may be bad policy is one thing; trying to “cripple” and “eviscerate” state government via its leaders is another matter entirely, and threats to do so should not be taken lightly, no matter who they come from.   And the fact that this doesn’t come from an actual Democrat party official in this state but instead a collective of liberal advocacy groups shouldn’t ease anyone’s fears as to how much this memo could influence lawmakers.  Blueprint is a coalition of LIBERAL orgs, and they are based in the state capitol – Raleigh.  Don’t think more Democrat movers and shakers in positions of power there aren’t listening and taking notes.  They hate being the minority party – they aren’t used to it – and they aren’t taking it well at all.

If the NC House Minority Leader is using Blueprint talking points, I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn others in his party are as well.   We”ll find out in the weeks and months (and years) to come  as to just how far they plan to go as Gov. McCrory continues to ruffle feathers with his overhaul of state government and differing leadership style from past administrations. Keep this in mind, too: McCrory, an effective leader, is a Republican but not a “Tea Party Republican” – in other words, he’s going to do some things that will probably irk staunch conservatives in this state.  Remember, he was elected as a multiple-term mayor here in Charlotte, a city dominated by Democrats. So he had to learn to work with city Democrats, and made the local GOP very upset at times, and in fact was more or less called a “RINO” by some locals on more than one occasion on hot-button issues like the NASCAR HOF, light rail, and Time Warner (Bobcats) Arena. In other words, we don’t have a diehard ideologue in the Governor’s mansion, but because state Democrats are so distraught over completely being out of control of state government they’ll treat him as such.  This in spite of the fact that McCrory’s first and foremost priority as Governor has been to try and help make conditions favorable for economic opportunity and job growth to turn this state around out of its unemployment funk.

If state Dems do go as far as the forwarded memo above suggests, Republican politicos far and wide here need to hammer over and over again how state Democrats refused to work in bipartisan fashion in the spirit of getting things done and putting people back to work. Our unemployment rate is in the top five worst in the nation – thanks in no small part to the dismal policies of Perdue and company, and Democrats can either be a part of the solution to get people back to work again – or continue to be the bulk of the problem … with the  help of so-called “non-partisan” coalitions.  Their choice.

We’re watching.

Hat tip: Neal Inman

Friday PM Update:  Leaked attack memo could jeopardize group’s finances

Whaddaya Know: Following Biden’s shooting advice could equal jail time in Delaware

Turns out the “advice” the nation’s veep gave this week regarding firing ‘warning shoots’ from a shotgun if you feel threatened might get a Delaware gun owner in trouble with the law. Oops! Via US News:

Vice President Joe Biden might want to have a talk with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, before he makes another public statement about guns.

In a Facebook “chat” Tuesday, the vice president said that he had advised his wife, Jill, to fire a shotgun in the air from their Delaware home’s porch if she was concerned for her safety.

“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said.

“You don’t need an AR-15—it’s harder to aim,” he added, “it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”

However, Delaware law would likely make his suggestion illegal—unless the shots were fired in self-defense in a truly life-threatening situation.

A sergeant with the Wilmington, Del., police department explained to U.S. News that city residents are not allowed to fire guns on their property.

The sergeant, who preferred not to be identified, said that Wilmington residents are also not allowed to shoot trespassers. “On your property you can’t just shoot someone,” he said. “You have to really feel that your life is being threatened.”

Defense attorney John Garey—a former Delaware deputy attorney general—agreed, and added that several criminal charges might result if Jill Biden took her husband’s advice.

“In Delaware you have to be in fear of your life to use deadly force,” Garey said. “There’s nothing based on his scenario alone” indicating a reason to fear imminent death, he noted.

Garey said that under Biden’s scenario, Jill Biden could be charged with aggravated menacing, a felony, and reckless endangering in the first degree.

“You cannot use deadly force to protect property” in Delaware, added Garey.

“It is not uncommon” for people to be charged with crimes under similar circumstances, he said. “I’ve seen cases where lawful citizens have used guns outside their homes and they end up arrested.”

Rob Wiltbank, a gun rights advocate who founded Delaware Open Carry in 2008, told U.S. News he agrees with the vice president that a shotgun would be good for home protection, but he was also troubled by the hypothetical.

“It would be incredibly irresponsible of a gun owner to blindly discharge a firearm into the air,” said Wiltbank. “What goes up, must come down and this specific behavior has been the cause of many negligent homicides over the years.”

Tom Shellenberger, a lawyer who serves as a spokesman for the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, told U.S. News that Biden’s security tip was “the worst type of advice.”

The Vice President of the United States is the man our celebrity President put at the head of the “gun control task force” in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook elementary shooting murders in Newtown, CT, yet he apparently doesn’t know the gun laws in his own state. Telling. Both of the VP and the Prez. And not in a good way.

Another employer drops health insurance thanks to Obamacare

**Posted by Phineas

And do I blame them? No. They’re being economically rational. Democrats created this mess, let them take the credit:

Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul.

The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health-insurance to part-timers “only until December 31, 2013.”

The reason: Universal currently offers part-time workers a limited insurance plan that has low premiums but also caps the payout of benefits. For instance, Universal’s plan costs about $18 a week for employee-only coverage but covers only a maximum of $5,000 a year toward hospital stays. There are similar caps for other services.

Those types of insurance plans — sometimes referred to as “mini-med” plans — will no longer be permitted under the federal Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law will prohibit insurance plans that impose annual monetary limits on essential medical care such, as hospitalization, or on overall spending.

Universal is one of the largest employers in Central Florida, with approximately 17,000 employees. It has thousands of part-time workers, though Universal said only about 500 of them are enrolled in the current insurance plan, as many part-timers are covered by a parent’s or spouse’s insurance.

So, that’s “only” 500 people who lose their health plans (that may well have met their needs just fine), thanks to the PPACA and the Democrats. Still, what was it someone was saying about liking your health plan…. Oh, yeah! Now I remember!

Too bad he didn’t have time to visit Universal and explain how wonderful this was to these people, while he was down there golfing with Tiger Woods

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)