For what it’s worth — and it may not be much — Gov. Pat McCrory has still not signed House Bill 17 from last week’s special session. This is the bill, you will recall, that makes a host of changes (and by changes, I mean drastic reductions) in the powers of the Governor’s office in such areas as education, the appointment of UNC Board of Trustees members and, indeed, the appointment of the Governor’s own cabinet. It’s a bill that goes so far that it’s even drawn fire from conservatives like the John Locke Foundation and former Republican Governor, Jim Martin.
As for why McCrory hasn’t yet acted on the bill, we know nothing. The Guv has been notably uncommunicative when it comes to last week’s nefarious actions. Perhaps there is some hopeful explanation (like that McCrory is seriously thinking about vetoing the measure or leaving it to his successor, who takes office in 13 days) or perhaps he’s just been out cutting ribbons and getting pedicures and hasn’t had a chance.
Whichever it is, we’ll share any information as it becomes available. Keep your fingers crossed.