Cooper, Democrats to decide what’s next after GOP power grab

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Protesters at the North Carolina legislature say actions limiting the next governor’s influence before he takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy incumbent Pat McCrory didn’t win election.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly passed two bills in an extraordinary special session ending Friday that reduced the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and put more checks on him.

So what’s next for the Democrats and Cooper? Lawsuits and more demonstrations are likely but their effectiveness is unclear.

McCrory quickly signed into law a bill that merges the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission into one board comprised equally of Democrats and Republicans. Another bill on is desk would subject Cooper’s Cabinet choices to Senate confirmation and reduce the number of political appointees Cooper can hire.