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Retired GOP leaders to General Assembly: Halt the power grab

Republican leaders at the General Assembly are plowing ahead with efforts to effect a last minute rewrite of the two power-grabbing constitutional amendments recently struck down by a special three-judge panel, but a growing number of prominent members of their own party are urging them to stop.

As WRAL reports:

“Former Republican Govs. Jim Martin and Pat McCrory put out a joint statement Friday morning, saying the two amendments should just be withdrawn. That statement held even after the proposed new language circulated, spokesman Paul Shumaker said, and spoke to the substance of the amendments, not simply the language voters would see as they decide whether to add them to the state constitution…

‘No group of citizens has petitioned the General Assembly for these two particular amendments,’ Martin and McCrory said in their statement Friday. ‘They have raised concerns among many of our fellow Republicans. Removing them removes a major distraction as voters consider other proposed amendments, and will be seen by many as the proper, statesmanlike course for you.'”

Martin and McCrory’s statement comes a day after six retired Supreme Court Chief Justices of both parties issued a similar call. This is from a story in the Charlotte Observer:

North Carolina’s six living former Supreme Court chief justices Thursday blasted two of the six constitutional amendments proposed for the fall ballot, joining Gov. Roy Cooper and his five predecessors….

‘All of us will vote against these two amendments,’ the chiefs said in a statement signed by more than two dozen prominent attorneys. ‘We urge you to vote against them. And, we urge you to join us in advocating for their defeat.’

Signing the statement were former Chief Justices Rhoda Billins and I. Beverly Lake, both Republicans, and Democrats James Exum, Henry Frye, Burley Mitchell and Sarah Parker.”

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