In his speech this afternoon, Governor Cooper said:
“In a perfect world, we would have repealed HB2 today and added full statewide protections for LGBT North Carolinians. Unfortunately, our supermajority Republican legislature will not pass these protections. But this is an important goal that I will keep fighting for.”
So Roy didn’t overtly blame the voters, he blamed the “supermajority Republican legislature”.
So, who put the “supermajority Republican legislature” in Raleigh?
“If HB2 was right to begin with, which I believe it was, then why are we repealing it? If it is wrong, then why wait four years to fix it? Such ambiguity undercuts the legitimacy of a law that we have fought so hard to defend. We are yielding the moral high ground and giving in to a new form of corporate extortion from an unaccountable, out of state, non-elected, tax-exempt organization (NCAA) and for what?… a ballgame? Why are we allowing them to dictate to us, laws that govern the protection of our people? We should have the backbone to tell them to take a hike.”
Representative Chris Millis called for the resignation of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Tuesday on the grounds that her office issued more than 320 notary public commissions over the last nine years to persons with no legal residency status, in contravention of both state and federal law.
“I have sent a letter to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, requesting her immediate resignation from office,” said Millis at a morning press conference at the North Carolina General Assembly. “I have made it clear that if the Secretary chooses not to resign, I will proceed with all legislative actions, including a resolution of impeachment.”
State law requires that notaries meet a variety of requirements, including that they “reside legally in the United States.” Legal residence in the United States is conferred only via citizenship or by way of a Permanent Resident Alien Card (commonly known as a “green card”), issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Millis says that documents obtained from Marshall show that her office routinely accepted another form of alien identification, a “DACA card,” in lieu of a green card as proof of legal residency. A DACA card is a temporary employment authorization to facilitate safe and legitimate employment and income for otherwise undocumented aliens but does not confer legal immigration status.
“Among the over 320 persons illegally commissioned as notaries, a number of identification documents included DACA Driver Licenses, DACA Decision Approval Notices from Homeland Security, DACA Employment Authorization Approval Notices from Homeland Security, Mexican National Passports, and a NAFTA work/travel visa,” continued Millis. “In fact, one notary commissioned by the Secretary was “an alien against whom a final order of deportation or removal exists.”
“None of these 320+ notaries reside legally in the United States, as our North Carolina Notary Law requires,” Millis said. “Nor do they meet the requirements set forth on the application to become a notary, published by the Secretary of State’s office.”
Notaries public are ministerial officers of North Carolina government who are authorized to certify various transactions and documents, such as deeds of trust, wills, powers of attorney, and absentee ballots.
People who aren’t legally entitled to vote certifying absentee ballots? What could possibly go wrong?
Read more on Representative Millis’ web site here.
Events late yesterday over a HB2 proposal between Governor Roy Cooper and General Assembly Leadership were reminiscent of Lucy holding out the football to Charlie Brown, only to snatch the ball away at the last moment.
Yesterday afternoon, Senate Leader Phil Berger and Speaker of the House Tim Moore held a press conference to announce that they had a House Bill 2 (HB2) repeal offer from Governor Cooper and his staff that just might work.
However, Governor Cooper is denying he has made any such proposal, however documentation that a repeal proposal from the Governor’s office was in the works on was circulated to media.
During the press conference, Senate Leader Phil Berger indicated they had talked with the Governor several times about the proposal and was, “taken aback by the fact that the Governor disavowed ever having made the proposal.”
“The governor made a proposal late last week that we are prepared to agree to in principle, said Berger. “We called the governor on the way down here to let him know we agreed, but he now denies that he ever made the proposal, so we’ve got to figure out where we are.”
Associated Press has reported that HB2 “will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years” See their story here.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has replied with… actual facts!
“The recent economic forecast reported by the Associated Press has no basis in fact and is another attempt to mislead and confuse the public through a bogus headline. The AP’s figures are based off one person’s guess over a 12 year period. Over this same time period, according to all economic forecasts, our state will have a GDP of over $6 trillion. If even using the AP’s numbers as fact, the total “loss” would equate to 0.06%, meaning on overall impact of approximately one half of 1/10 of one 1%. And the percentage of GDP loss would only be that high if we had no more economic growth from now until 2029, which is absurd to say the least.
The economic arguments being propagated by media reports (like the AP) and pushed by outside groups are inflated, manipulated and contrary to any empirical evidence. For instance, in 2016 North Carolina ranked 4th in the nation for attracting and expanding businesses, ranked first in the South Atlantic region for drawing corporate facilities. The State’s hotel and motel occupancy went up 3.4% last year. Average hotel and motel room rates went up 3.6%. Tourism is up over 5.6% in 2016. NC is currently creating nearly 6,000 jobs per month.
It is a sad commentary on our media that outlets are willing to report on potential losses 12 years out, that are not based in fact but rather opinion, all while refusing to highlight the economic successes our state continues to experience.”
If you agree with me that emissions testing is nothing more than another tax on the elderly with fixed incomes, middle and low income families and every other Haywood County driver, stand up and speak out to your Commissioners. We can get a provision to remove Haywood County from the list of counties required to perform emissions testing added to a bill this week, but only with your help and Commissioners’ support.
I believe emissions testing is pointless because:
If a driver spends at least $200 while trying to make vehicle repairs to pass emissions inspections, he or she can get a waiver and not have to pass emissions inspections at all. If you can just buy your way out of emissions inspections, WHAT’S THE POINT?
If your car is model year 1995 or older, it does not have to pass emissions testing at all. Given older cars generally have poorer emissions than newer ones and they’re precluded from emissions testing entirely, WHAT’S THE POINT?
The North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed a study in which they recommended 31 counties for removal from emissions testing requirements – including Haywood County. If removal of Haywood, along with 30 other counties, keeps North Carolina well below federal ozone standards, WHAT’S THE POINT?
17 states do not require any vehicle emissions inspections whatsoever. They manage to stay below federally mandated ozone standards (even high-population states, such as Florida), so WHAT’S THE POINT?
Emissions inspections are a money grab. If the requirement for Haywood County residents to get their vehicles inspected for emissions were removed, nothing would stop people from getting their cars inspected if they chose to do so. Forcing people to spend their hard-earned, limited resources on emissions inspections year after year, though, is wrong.
If you agree, please contact Haywood County Commissioners yourself and tell everyone you know to contact them as well. Also, please share this message with everyone you know in Haywood County. Commissioners’ support is needed to move forward with removing emissions inspections from Haywood County.
Comment: Two out of five Commissioners own businesses that make money doing inspections. No conflict of interest there, right?