Legislation By Stealth

Thomas Edsall has this interesting article today in the NY Times about how certain business and political interests use stealth tactics–“furtiveness, slyness and deception–“to get legislation they want, but which would be difficult to achieve if they sought it openly and transparently.  He writes:

The propensity of partisan interests in legislative bodies to insert special interest provisions into unrelated legislation is ubiquitous and not the province of only the right or the left.

But there are some conclusions to be drawn from developments in both the North Carolina General Assembly and on Capitol Hill. The North Carolina case, in particular, demonstrates the crucial role the press and watchdog groups continue to play in countering secrecy — a service provided in this instance by the Raleigh News and Observer, the Charlotte Observer and the North Carolina Justice Center.

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