North Carolina legislature attempting virtual coup of new Democratic governor

The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature is not happy that voters last month chose a Democratic governor and a liberal majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court. And today, they could take advantage of an “emergency” legislative session to pass a series of bills that would minimize the impact of the voters’ choices by limiting the power of the other two branches of government.

The legislature has introduced bills to convert more than 1,000 state government positions from political appointments to civil service jobs. The new governor would have to rely on people hired by outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who was criticized for hiring environmental regulators who ignore the science of climate change and coal ash pollution.

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