Laura Leslie at WRAL in Raleigh is saying the override vote of Gov. Perdue's veto of the Republican budget will be tonight just past midnight, not tomorrow morning as earlier announced, and Twitter is buzzing about a possible defection of one of the Five Democratic Goobers from the Republican bloc. Dunno 'bout that. You hear all sorts of rumors.
But Laura Leslie has also been doing some digging into the various pay-to-play goodies that at least some of those Five Goobers have gotten as concessions for their own districts from the Republican majority. It's a tawdry 30 pieces of silver, hardly worth the damning of their eternal souls, but some people can be bought cheap.
Scharrison at BlueNC suspects a "deceitful little trick" in the sudden moving up of the vote into the middle of the night: "Straight-up dishonesty. As such, these five Democrats, and maybe a few honest Republicans to boot, should reverse their votes. A Budget that requires trickery to get passed is, by its very nature, something that demands another look. A long look."
WHY THEY PICKED THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
According to the News & Observer (and other sources), hundreds of the state's school teachers planned to be on hand for the 9 a.m. vote tomorrow morning and to lobby the Five Goobers one last time about their disloyalty.
The Republican leadership's haste in scheduling the vote after midnight might indicate that they're afeared that one of The Five might yet cave.
And then there's this, too: Speaker Thom Tillis will cut off all debate in calling for the vote.