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02/08/2017 11:26 am ET

North Carolina GOP's Power Grab Temporarily Blocked By Court

Former Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed House Bill 17 in December before his Democratic successor took over.
The law had required the Cabinet picks of Gov. nominee Roy Cooper (D) to be approved by the state’s GOP-controlled
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The law had required the Cabinet picks of Gov. nominee Roy Cooper (D) to be approved by the state’s GOP-controlled Senate.

A North Carolina court temporarily blocked a law that dismantles some of the powers of Gov. Roy Cooper (D), according to a temporary restraining order that a three-judge panel released on Wednesday.

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed House Bill 17 after it was introduced by Republican lawmakers in December.

The law requires that Cooper’s Cabinet picks be approved by the state’s GOP-controlled Senate. It also prevents Cooper from appointing anyone to the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees or the state Board of Education.

“We need to put these partisan confirmation games behind us and get on with repealing HB2, raising teacher pay and getting better jobs for North Carolinians,” Cooper said in a statement Wednesday. “The court is absolutely correct in their decision and should not be intimidated by threats from legislative leaders.” 

The bill had followed a contentious election where McCrory refused to concede the race to Cooper.

Cooper said in December that he was willing to sue Republicans over those bills.

“They will see me in court,” he said during a press conference. “And they don’t have a very good track record there.”

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