On Saturday the General Assembly convened for a very short special session to override two of Governor Cooper’s from last week. Not surprisingly, they were successful…http://bit.ly/2vH3soW
The Republican-led General Assembly wasted no time Saturday, Aug. 4, batting down a pair of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes dealing with constitutional amendments.
The House voted 70-39 to override vetoes of both Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 3. The Senate voted 28-12 on both measures. After the votes, lawmakers promptly adjourned the special session which started last week.
Governor Cooper, as one would expect, was not happy about this…
“This is about falsely and unconstitutionally misleading voters and crippling the checks and balances that are the foundation of our democracy,” Cooper said in a news release after the special session closed.
“It is shameful that legislators have spent their time deceiving North Carolinians and attempting to rip up our constitution instead of improving public education, and growing our economy,” Cooper said.
Speaker Tim Moore responded by pointing out the behavior of two Democrat members of the Constitutional Amendment Publication Commission justified this move…
“The partisan spectacle earlier this week by the people tasked with drafting unbiased ballot language makes the need for today’s override vote glaringly clear,”
Upon the news of the veto overrides,
Democrat Republican Chris Anglin said he would file a lawsuit challenging the law…
“This is a clear violation of my constitutional rights, and this bill is clearly targeted at me,” Anglin told Carolina Journal. “I think we can already go ahead and declare victory because I’ve showed the folly of partisan elections, and I’ve also showed how the legislature is just making a power grab in order to support their own candidate, and get her elected at all costs.”
As I’ve mentioned before, I thought this was a bad idea for the NCGOP. However, I do believe that Speaker Moore makes a great point that the behavior of Stein and Marshall on the commision easily justified this move. However, even if the constitutional amendment change is justified their partisan rules change for the November ballot is a losing battle. I think there is a very good chance they lose in court but even if they don’t the earned media that Chris Anglin has gotten off this has almost guaranteed a split vote in November. Meaning the GOP position on the Supreme Court will drop even further from three seats to two.