News Roundup for 9/12/11

FOlder marked Top Secret
N. Carolina Senate schedule

-Headline of the Day-
"Senate to begin debate Monday on marriage amendment."

In North Carolina, like every place else, the issue of the days is jobs, jobs, jobs. And in North Carolina, like every other state dominated by Republicans, jobs can wait. Now is the time to get the really important things done: like banning gay marriage in a state where it isn't allowed anyway.

Of course, the problem here is that the general, unwashed public has a misplaced sense of priorities and would rather not have Republicans screwing around with support-bait for the crazies. They seem to think that people should be worrying about jobs and the economy -- which is why the NC GOP has come up with a cunning plan. Keep it a secret.

In public notices of the schedule of the Judiciary committee, voters are being told that the committee will consider "H61, 'Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits' -- a proposal to limit the numbers of years House and Senate members can serve as leaders of their chambers." In other words, a procedural yawner no one cares about -- move along, nothing to see here.

"But a new version[pdf] of the bill leaked to WRAL Friday night shows the bill the committee will take up Monday has absolutely nothing to do with term limits. The new H61 is an amended version of the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage," the report says. "You can try to look it up at the legislature's website, but you won't find it there."

So, is the committee going to be voting on this term limit boring thing or the gay marriage ban? Well, quite frankly, the answer to that question is yes. "[W]hy tell the public you're talking about term limits Monday, when you're really planning to debate the marriage amendment?" the report asks.

"Well, that's the name of the bill," says a GOP spokesperson. That's right, they actually gave the bill a misleading name to get it under the radar.

And I thought the GOP in my state was shameless. (WRAL)

-A rare (and imagined) moment of honesty-
Rick Perry clarifies his stance on Social Security.

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I hope that clears up any questions you might have. (TruthDig)

-Bonus HotD-
"Fred Malek: 'Too Late' for Palin to Run; GOP Nominee Will Be Perry or Romney."

That sound you just heard was the timer going off on Palin's 15 minutes of fame. (ABC)

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