RALEIGH – Twenty ‘No’ votes by Democrats in the N.C. Senate Monday night sunk the effort to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation requiring school districts to offer students in-person instruction. Sunk with it, was the hope among students, parents, and teachers, that they could finally end this self-inflicted scourge of ‘remote learning’ that is failing kids left and right for no good reason.
Two of those Democrats effectively abandoned their original vote in support of the bill. Senator Ben Clark (D-Cumberland) took the cowardly way out, and simply didn’t show up for the vote; and Senator Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) explained his change of heart to the News & Observer, as blatant, naked partisanship (at the expense of children).
“He asked. I am a Democrat. He’s the governor, and a Democratic governor,” quipped Lowe.
You might remember Lowe. He’s the hot-headed Democrat that in 2019 had to be restrained and removed from a committee room after assaulting a female colleague and calling her horrid names (according to the police report). He subsequently snatched and chucked the phone of a curious reporter.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) called out the ‘No’ votes, and especially the two flipped votes, for ensuring far too many kids and parents still suffer under the unfunny joke that is virtual learning:
After all the talk of the disparate impacts of COVID Pandemic Panic on minority groups, lower-income folks, or those without any affordable alternatives to facilitate education while also holding down a job, these Democratic senators — who no doubt represent many such constituents suffering under this policy — refuse to alleviate that burden, for the sake of partisan politics.
Democrats sacrificing the well-being of their constituents while claiming their protecting it is nothing new, but it is especially grotesque considering the implications of this vote.