On his way out the Capitol door, North Carolina’s Republican Gov. Pat McCrory into law the first of what could be signed a number of bills that the Executive powers Stripping, by his Democratic successor, Roy Cooper. Critics say it is an extraordinary movement that flies in the face of the voters.
The law would of the State Board of elections and State ethics-Commission, a bipartisan board evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Under previous administrations, the Governor’s room, the game is a majority for a political party on the panel.
It would also be elections for the court of appeal judges are officially partisan.
The North Carolina General Assembly in the special session since Thursday, passed several other bills, the Stripping Cooper, some of his powers as Governor.
It is unclear whether McCrory signed into law, that all of these additional restrictions. One of the controversial elements would require to put the Governor’s top-to-manage candidate before the Senate for approval and would prevent Cooper from the appointment of the members of the UNC-system schools boards of Trustees.
Democrats accused the Republicans attempt a coup, but the GOP defended their actions as a mere adjustment of constitutional powers which have been granted in the annual General meeting.
“There’s probably no better time than with him in the present,” said Republican Rep. Bert Jones.
Democrats said it was an attempt by the Republican incumbent, conceded by the GOP to cling to a week after.
“I really fear that we have damaged our reputation and integrity this week,” said Rep. Billy Richardson, a Democrat.
Republicans to power in the two legislative chambers in 2010 for the first time in more than a century, and they have veto-proof majorities, holding 108 of 170 seats, although the state-wide much more closely divided in the last country and state elections.
North Carolina is a presidential battleground state that Barack Obama won in 2008 by just over 14,000 votes. Four years later, Mitt Romney edged Obama by about 92,000 votes. Donald Trump won in November.
GOP lawmakers have been able to expand their majorities thanks for the approval of redistricting maps in 2011. But almost 30 of these legislative districts were hit last summer. A Federal court has directed updated maps to be approved. March 15.
“This was a pure power,” said retired school librarian Carolyn White, 62, a long-time demonstrator who was arrested as part of the “Moral Monday” protests against the GOP-led legislative action. “I was arrested two years ago. It made a difference? No. But as the civil rights movement, it is forward together. You just have to keep going forward.”
Friday was the second day of protests at the statehouse.
Dozens of people were arrested, this week, and as the protesters are led away from the Legislative building, some chanting “all political power comes from the people.” Those who stayed behind could only watch as the debate through the glass window, or listen it online.
Hundreds of stomping with their feet or banged on the windows outside the gallery, to observe which means that several Republican legislators that they had trouble hearing in the debate. Democrats repeatedly stated their objections.
“The kindergarten children are always loud,” said Republican REP Dana Bumgardner.
She said the Democrats are “out of the air to be a topic of conversation for the next election.”
According to The Associated Press, at least 16 protesters arrested on Friday for the interruption of the legislature. Twenty arrested Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.