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The best editorial of the weekend: Will NC become “a parliamentary state”?

Between numerous letters to the editor and opinion pieces of various columnists and contributors, the editorial pages of North Carolina’s major news dailies have been overflowing with angry takedowns of the General Assembly’s latest outrageous power grabs. One of the best editorials on the subject appeared yesterday in the Wilmington Star News. This is from “Republicans in legislature passed law, now ignore it”:

“In case you haven’t noticed, the Republican faction running North Carolina’s legislature doesn’t play well with others. If the game isn’t going their way, they’re likely to flip the board over and try to change the rules.

Case in point: The brouhaha over state constitutional amendments on the November ballot.

The GOP leadership is still very, very disappointed in the voters for electing as governor a known Democrat, Roy Cooper, back in 2016. Not that it matters much; with veto-proof majorities in both houses — thanks to creative redistricting — the Republicans routinely ignore Cooper by overriding his vetoes.

But he does rile them a bit. So the Republicans came up with a package of amendments, basically to turn the governor into a figurehead and North Carolina into a parliamentary state.”

After outlining the amendments, the editorial goes on to blast the legislature’s effort of recent days to seize control of writing the amendment captions for the November ballot:

“Of course, no one should be surprised that Berger, Moore and Co. changed the rules mid-game — again, a rule that apparently was hunky-dory two years earlier. The GOP leadership at the legislature is growing more and more flagrant. The bosses obviously figure that with President Trump’s picks occupying seats, the U.S. Supreme Court will throw out constitutional objections to their not-so-subtle gerrymandering. Thus, they can run North Carolina through all eternity and get away with whatever they like.

Which makes this fall’s election all the more vital. It could well be the last time all North Carolina voters have a chance to make a real difference in state politics.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

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