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N.C. legislature’s April foolishness

From an editorial Tuesday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

We thought the state legislature convened in Raleigh.

Last week, it apparently met in Fantasy Land.

How else to explain the House Judiciary I committee debating for an hour whether North Carolina should join the call for a “Convention of the States” to discuss amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the federal government’s power?

The convention would reconsider amendments involving term limits for Congress, fiscal restraints and limits on “the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.” “I look at this as an intervention of the states, just as if you have a drug-addled family member,” said Rep. Bert Jones, the Reidsville Republican who sponsored House Bill 321.

That’s rich. Even as state lawmakers overreach with constant meddling into the affairs of cities and counties the political pot has the gall to call the kettle black and grouse about “federal overreach.”

It was Jones who was behind the bill that would shrink the Rockingham County school board and make its elections partisan. It passed a day before Jones’ complaints about federal meddling.

Never mind that partisan school board elections disenfranchise the fastest-growing segment of North Carolina voters, the unaffiliated, by making it nearly impossible for an unaffiliated candidate to run, much less actually win a school board race.

Jones’ school board bill seems assured of approval in the Senate; then Jones can focus on constitutional conventions. The sheer nerve of it all is downright surreal. And indefensible.

If someone wants to end needless tinkering by outside forces, the best place to start is in Raleigh.

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