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Politics‘A New Low’: NC Republicans Override Governor’s Veto While Dems Attended 9/11 Ceremony

22:55  11 september  2019
22:55  11 september  2019 Source:   lawandcrime.com

North Carolina Republicans vote to override a budget veto while Democrats were at a 9/11 ceremony

North Carolina Republicans vote to override a budget veto while Democrats were at a 9/11 ceremony The GOP state legislators did not have the votes to override the governor's veto as long as Democrats were present.

‘A New Low’: NC Republicans Override Governor’s Veto While Dems Attended 9/11 Ceremony© Provided by Mediaite, LLCGovernor Cooper speaking at press conference after Republicans override vote.

North Carolina House Republicans on Wednesday called a surprise vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) budget veto while he and House Democrats attended a 9/11 memorial event, according to reporter John Kaplan of ABC11 WTVD Eyewitness News.

Prior to Wednesday’s vote, House Republicans told their Democratic colleagues that no votes would be held during the 9/11 morning ceremony, then proceeded to vote while approximately half the members weren’t present, State Sen. Jeff Jackson (D) said.

“Plainly unethical behavior by Republicans today,” Jackson tweeted following the vote. “There have to be consequences for this kind of behavior. Just another lesson in why they must lose their majority.”

North Carolina House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent

North Carolina House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent In a surprise move Wednesday morning, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget with just over half of the 120 members present to vote. Democrats in the chamber objected to the bill being brought up, saying they were told there would be no votes during the 8:30 a.m. session and that it was just a formality so work could begin. Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, made the motion to reconsider the state budget and chaos in the chamber quickly ensued. House Speaker Tim Moore, a Kings Mountain Republican, said that announcement was not made, and even asked the House Clerk to back him up.

After the initial motion to reconsider the state budget was made by Republican State Rep. Jason Saine, the chamber erupted into chaos, according to the News&Observer.

Ignoring Democrats’ protests, Republicans quickly voted to override the budget veto by a tally of 55-9, easily surpassing the three-fifths majority required.

“This is a travesty of the process and you know it,” Democratic State Rep. Deb Butler said of Republicans’ strategy, which she characterized as “hijacking the process.”

In a press conference held after the override vote, Gov. Cooper did not mince words, and admonished Republicans.

“For two months, Republicans refused to offer a compromise or sit down at a true negotiating table with me. Democrats were told there would be no votes this morning. That was a bald-faced lie,” he said. “Today, Republicans waged an assault on our democracy. They cheated the people of North Carolina.”

House Republicans demand details on Dems' mysterious trips to Mexico

House Republicans demand details on Dems' mysterious trips to Mexico Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken into Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities – amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S. immigration law. © Provided by Fox News Network LLCIn a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., obtained by Fox News, ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said there were at least two committee staff trips into Mexico in August — one of which required Border Patrol agents to provide a special escort back into the U.S.

In response to a reporter’s question, Cooper said that after more than 30 years in state government, he had never seen anything like Wednesday’s maneuver.

“This is a true assault on our democracy,” he said. “There is no question about it.”

Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at UC Irvine, said that while House Republicans won the day, their conduct may lead to more serious repercussions in the future.

“This is not going to go over well with the three judge court which was giving the North Carolina General Assembly a chance to draft a bipartisan redistricting plan (or else court will appoint special master to do it),” Hasen tweeted. He also called Republicans’ conduct “a new low.”

[image via CBS17 News Screengrab]

Wife of deported Waterville man thanks Governor Mills for pardon.
A Waterville man, Lexius Saint Martin, who was deported last year to his native Haiti has been pardoned by Governor Janet Mills after more than a year of trying to reverse the deportation. © Provided by TEGNA Inc.Saint Martin, 35, was deported to Haiti in February 2018. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on his way to work on Jan. 2, 2018 for violating his immigration status in 2007. Saint Martin came to the U.S. when he was a child and lived in Waterville with his wife, Mindy, and young children. She took to Facebook Wednesaday to thank Governor Janet Mills.

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