fbpx

Democratic Governor. GOP Legislature. A look at what may come

Worth your time today: The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel takes a look at the possible future of North Carolina’s new political reality:  a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature.

The consensus among experts: It’s going to be tough road for Cooper, but not impossible.

From the piece:

Still, it is not yet clear that Cooper is condemned to four years of disdain in which Republicans in the General Assembly pass laws he is powerless to stop, while ensuring that his own initiatives land with the thud of a doorstop.

Stymied by hostile lawmakers, he has other options for advancing his priorities, if the experiences of fellow members of his new club, both Democrats and Republicans in other states, are a guide.

“Governors that know what they’re doing can get a lot done,” said Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democrat who has faced implacable opposition from Republican supermajorities in his state Legislature. “You have to be able to take a hit,” he added. “You can’t let ‘em see you sweat.”

Governors outgunned by veto-proof majorities in their legislatures have successfully used the bully pulpit of their office, going over the heads of part-time lawmakers to directly appeal to citizens.

Other times, governors have profited from a basic law of politics: They are usually more popular than legislative bodies, whose job favorability is little higher than that of perpetrators of Ponzi schemes.

Nixon knows what he’s talking about.

Nixon, who is leaving office next month after serving the maximum two terms, may be the closest parallel to Cooper. His opponents have brought impeachment proceedings against him, and they made him the most overridden governor in Missouri history, reversing 96 of his vetoes.

Some overrides were so small-bore that lawmakers seemed to be having sport with the governor, such as upholding a law he vetoed to exempt yoga classes from sales tax. Others struck at the core of Nixon’s political being, like reversing his veto of a voter ID bill and another eliminating background checks to obtain a concealed gun permit.

“These guys tried to run up the numbers,” he said of lawmakers, who would hold marathon sessions on a single day to cancel out his vetoes.

But Nixon also showed how to post successes by using the visibility and prominence of his office.

Three years ago, he barnstormed Missouri to oppose a Republican tax cut he had vetoed, arguing it would carve deeply into schools. He rallied grass-roots support, and his veto was sustained.

In addition to being his state’s most overridden governor, he said, “I also have the record for the most sustained vetoes. I’ve had 283 sustained.”

Read the whole piece, which also looks at the successes of popular Republican governors in the deep blue states of Maryland and Massachusetts.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Joe Killian
Load More In News

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

With the monkeypox outbreak spreading across the country, North Carolina has reported more than 70 cases… [...]

Proposal seeks to prevent repeat of confusion from January 2021 surrounding Vice President's role and duties… [...]

On Tuesday morning, Wake County held its first community meeting on how it will spend its… [...]

Superintendent Catherine Truitt denies plan would introduce "merit pay," but critics strongly disagree With just a… [...]

“We don’t have any teacher applicants for our vacancies,” said two superintendents from rural North Carolina… [...]

As you’ve no doubt noticed, our state, nation and planet are experiencing yet another summer of… [...]

The post The Countdown: Moore v. Harper appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

What a lot of complaining I hear about gas prices. I’ve done some myself. I also… [...]

REPUBLISHING TERMS

You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to The Pulse and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

License

Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
Democratic Governor. GOP Legislature. A look at what may come