Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory finally conceded to his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, a full four weeks after North Carolina’s bitterly contested gubernatorial election. During the month prior, the state politician most famous for the nationally maligned HB2 “bathroom bill” spent his time arguing against his concession with numerous suggestions of voter fraud — the very topic his own administration and party have found themselves mired in. Now that Cooper’s about to take the reins, however, the North Carolina GOP’s frustration will ultimately subside, right? Guys?
Turns out the actual answer is “wrong,” as the Republican controlled state legislature proved on Wednesday by calling a late special session after another special session dedicated to allocating relief for Hurricane Matthew.
According to the New York Times, the new measures drafted hastily by the North Carolina General Assembly would “end the governor’s control over election boards,” “require State Senate approval of the new governor’s cabinet members,” and “strip his power to appoint University of North Carolina trustees.” If the measures pass, which is all but guaranteed by the GOP’s majority and the likelihood Gov. McCrory will sign off on them, incoming Gov. Cooper would find his new office far more powerless than his rival party’s legislative control already makes it.