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North Carolina Republicans Are Looking to Gut the Governor's Office


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#1 LFC

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 05:01 PM

They really won't stop at anything they think they can get away with.

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Some flickering positive signs for democracy have lit up statehouses in recent months. Thanks to legwork by local activists, a slate of anti-corruption and voting rights reform initiatives have landed on November ballots in states from Michigan to Missouri.

But something darker is underway in North Carolina.

On Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) sued to block two constitutional amendments promoted by the Republican-dominated general assembly. The amendments would strip the governor’s authority to appoint judges, board members, regulators and other key officials and turn that power over to the assembly.

The suit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, asks for a temporary restraining order to keep the amendments off the ballots—which head to the printer on Wednesday. Cooper argues that Republicans are trying to “take a wrecking ball to the separation of powers” and are masking measures that will have far-reaching consequences for state government in vanilla ballot language.

“It’s a legislature gone wild, what we have down here,” Raleigh-based Democratic strategist Morgan Jackson told TPM.

“If you want to put something on the ballot that actually says, ‘We want to take away all this power from the governor, flatten out the separation of powers and checks and balances in this state, and give it all to the legislature,’ put that on,” Jackson said. “What they’re putting on the ballot is purposefully deceptive because they want to hide from voters what they’re actually doing.”

The two amendments are among six in a package that the general assembly approved, mostly on party lines. One would transfer the authority to appoint thousands of commissioners and board members of key committees overseeing utilities, transportation and other critical issues from the governor to the assembly. The other would grant the assembly control of who the governor can consider to fill judicial vacancies.

The amendments’ are written in bureaucratic, dry language. They claim that they will “clarify” the authority of the governor to handle matters that the governor’s office is already constitutionally granted.

Under a 2016 law, a three-person state panel would typically have the task of explaining the true purpose of constitutional amendments in short captions that appear above their language. But Republicans on the assembly were concerned that two Democrats on the panel would cast the measures in a negative light, and passed a bill stripping them of that authority. Cooper vetoed it, but the assembly waited until the Saturday deadline to override his veto. That meant that the governor couldn’t file his lawsuit until Monday, just days before ballots start getting printed for North Carolinians in the military or living overseas.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 06:11 PM

View PostLFC, on 06 August 2018 - 05:01 PM, said:

They really won't stop at anything they think they can get away with.
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Posted 31 May 2019 - 12:43 PM

North Carolina Rethuglicans continue to show their disdain for democracy. The fact that they're attacking a black Democratic woman just sweetens the pot for them.

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North Carolina’s first black woman to become supreme court justice has come under fire by Republicans because she is expected to strike down gerrymandered districts in the state by 2020.

On Wednesday, Justice Cheri Beasley’s office revealed that Republicans have moved to drastically cut her funding.

“With these cuts to our staff, the chief justice would be the only appellate judge in the state with a single law clerk,” Chief of Staff Anna Stearns explained to WUNC. “It would severely limit the work she can do to modernize our courts and bring about desperately needed reforms.”

WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii revealed on Twitter that half of the existing staff would be cut under the Republican plan.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 03:33 PM

She should put out a gofundme call. I bet that would raise quite a few clerk salaries.
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