or read the Raleigh News & Observer
-- both left-leaning biased outlets -- you would conclude that another "progressive" polling operation -- the Public Policy Center (think Soros) -- had proven the NC Legislature did a dastardly deed when called back by Governor Perdue for a special session. These folks are truly expert at twisting things through one-sided reporting, selective information, and questionable sources. The old media outlets are becoming so rampantly misleading and blatantly in-your-face ideologues as to become truly disgusting.In fact, a review of all the major newspapers reveals outright one-sided proclamations that the vote was "unethical", "unconstitutional", "not transparent", "absurd", "unprecedented", "shameful", "unfair",.... All of these are very much dishonest of these media outlets.
To revisit WRAL, I have to say the single "mainstream" media outlet article which presented a mostly balanced presentation of fact and quoted opinions from named sources on both sides of the arguments was by WRAL
. But every other article I read from WRAL was a total and complete one-sided hatchet-job.Let's rationally review the salient points of what actually happened:
● Governor Perdue called the NC Senate back to Raleign for a special session to reconsider a bill which the Governor had vetoed during the regular 2011 session. So, the Senate Republicans did not sneak back into Raleigh on their own for some secret, nefarious covert session to trick the Democrats. The Governor called all the NC State Senators back to Raliegh on a very short notice.
● All of the Republicans were present at the Governor's special session in response to her call. Some of the Democrat Senators were not present, for whatever reasons -- irrelevant to the matter at hand. The Democrats did not come. There was a quorum. The Senate convened for the purposed called by the Governor, and they conducted the business that they were called to do.
● The Democrats and the Governor did not like the outcome of the vote. Politics is tough and elections do have consequences. Now the Dems are trying to say that the bill and vote were somehow un-constitutional. They threaten to take the matter to court. But, in reality, they knew and the Governor knew what would happen all along when the Governor forced this vote. The reality is that this is all purely political and ideological posturing on the part of the losers. Sour grapes.
● The NC Constitution says that the Legislature cannot consider any other bills during a special session called by the Governor for the purposes of handling a specific bill. The media, the Dems, and the Guv are trying to portray what happened next as an un-constitutional action. This is false. Completely false.
● The Senate is allowed under the NC Constitution to vote on resolutions. In fact, this is a necessary part of the legislative process in handling a bill. Resolutions and procedural decisions may be voted upon during the parliamentary maneuvers leading to a final vote. Moreover, whenever the Legislature meets, there is a final resolution to officially decide the date and time of the next session. This final resolution is at the vortex of the arguments. But the fact that the Senate voted on a final resolution regarding the date and time of the next session is normal, constitutional, and necessary.
● What happened is this: Since the Senate was already in place and had handled the purpose of the special session quickly, since that business was concluded and there was time left over on the anticipated schedule, since all these Senators had changed their personal plans and schedules at the call of the Governor and traveled from across the state to Raleigh -- because of these considerations, the Senate changed their resolution to adjourn the special session and set the date and time of the next Senate session to that same night. This they did. They adjourned the special session and reconvened in place a new session.
● In the new scheduled session, the Senate is free to consider any old business pending action. This they did. They took up another bill which had been vetoed earlier in 2011 by the Governor. The NC House had already voted to override the Governor's veto. At this session, the Senate voted whether to override the veto, and the override passed the Senate.
● Now the Democrats, the Governor, and their shill media want you to believe that the action was dishonest and unconstitutional. It was neither, and there is good precedent for all that was done by previous Democrat-controlled NC Legislatures. This is all sound an fury to confuse and influence uninformed voters who have not paid attention or do not have the time to dig into all the details.The dishonesty and shameful behavior is all on the side of the Democrats and their shill advocacy media.Now, let's take a little closer look at that poll these folks are trying to use to convince the public of their righteousness. They would have you take this poll at face value and simply accept that a majority of people of all stripes now condemn the above actions by the NC Senate. But when ideologues begin throwing poll numbers around, we need to look closely at the details of the poll they're using.
● First, this poll was conducted by a very left-leaning progressive organization, Public Policy Polling
in Raleigh, NC. This concern is affiliated with the Democrat Party and partners with the Daily KOS. These folks are most interested in furthering the interests of the Democrat Party and supporting left-wing progressive organizations. Just keep that in mind.
● The poll was conducted using automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology. The questions, therefore, were presented in very succinct phrasing, allowing the person on the phone to interpret the slanted questions in a very broad manner as they pleased. The question, which we will examine in a moment, is carefully phrased to elicit a desired response from the typical voter.
● The sample purportedly was based on Board of Elections records to include likely voters. However, the sample size is very small -- only 780 likely voters. Public Policy Polling does not provide any information on how many Democrats versus Republicans versus Unaffiliated voters were included in the sample. They provide breakdowns by party, race, etc. But those breakdowns are only expressed in percentages, so we do not know whether or not the sample base was heavily weighted toward registered Democrats. We just don't know. When we are not given such information about the sample, the sample must be considered suspect.
● The question actually asked here was: "Do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for the General Assembly to take votes on legislation in the middle of the night?"
Surely you see the fallacy here! This question was simply asked out of the blue among a number of other such questions unrelated to the issue here. No context was provided. No explanation was provided. No information about the fact that the Governor had called the special session at night. No supporting facts or information at all. If I just walked up to you on the street and asked you the above question, how would you answer? Of course you would answer that it's not appropriate. Especially after all the late night, weekend, and holiday votes taken by Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's Democrats in Washington these past three years!
● So this survey is patently dishonest. It was carefully constructed to deliver a pre-determined, desired result. And then a dishonest media dutifully reported it in exaggerated ways to completely distort all of the facts and real news. We should all be outraged!You can review the Public Policy Polling survey by clicking here.Be ashamed media. And count your days. I'm no longer patronizing you, and millions more will soon see through your lies and actions. You may consider us to be sheep that you can lead and fence. I am no sheep. And the new media will soon replace you.Bill Cochrane