This would be another Republican power-grab of the same species as the other current bright idea of firing all the members of several important regulatory boards and replacing all of them en masse with "team players."
It's actually not a new idea. It surfaced first in 2011 when the Republicans first took control of the General Assembly. It was a bad idea then. It's even worse now. Which brings us again to Kieran Shanahan, the man who would have his mitts on the SBI, instead of Attorney General Roy Cooper.
To prove how tough he is, he once roughed up two pre-teen neighbors, was found guilty on two counts of "misdemeanor assault," and got off with a "prayer for judgment continued," the dodge of many a college student with a speeding ticket. He's a former federal prosecutor and a former Raleigh city councilman. A partisan Republican to the core, he took what some might consider an unseemly, lip-licking interest in the prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards, showing up every day at the trial in Greensboro and then becoming a kind of
For a man who prefers a gun to a knife (see above), he sure likes to watch Democrats (in particular) bleed. And some people want him to be in charge of the SBI.