In discussing the prospect of the N.C. Senate rolling all of the House’s proposed ethics, campaign, and lobbying reforms into a single bill, you wrote:

Of course, this may be the intent of rolling the reforms into one bill–include enough bad provisions (i.e. poison pills) and nothing will get done.

The alternate theory is that linking the bad ideas with the good ones will increase the chances that lawmakers will vote to support the bad ideas.

Some lawmakers believe that they must walk away from Jones Street this year with some type of “reform” bill passed — regardless of the content.