Current North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Stripping Power From the Next Guy

A protestor, right, is handcuffed and removed from the House gallery as demonstrators interrupted a special session at the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Photo via AP

North Carolina’s current Governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill that’s nakedly, shamelessly designed to strip power from his incoming Democratic replacement. Governor-elect Roy Cooper has threatened to sue the state GOP over the bill, and several people, including a journalist, were arrested during a protest against it Thursday night.

The bill was proposed during a surprise special session, which many promptly identified as bullshit, and said so. Seventeen people were arrested during protests over it, including Joe Killian, a reporter at NC Policy Watch, who was charged with trespassing and breaking legislative building rules for trying to watch and cover the ongoing arrests.


McCrory signed the bill at 3 p.m. on Friday, and Cooper promptly promised once again to sue:

Anyway, file this event under “good examples of power grabs” for later.

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Anna Merlan

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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