Judge Blocks Law Weakening North Carolina Governor

“A North Carolina judge has temporarily blocked a law, passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, that would curb the incoming Democratic governor’s ability to control statewide and county election boards,” Politico reports.

“Gov.-elect Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit over the new law Friday afternoon, asking a Wake County Superior Court judge to stop it from taking effect while the suit proceeds. The judge granted the stay request and scheduled another hearing on the case next week.”

North Carolina Strips New Governor of Power

North Carolina legislators wrapped up their work on a pair of controversial bills that would deprive the incoming governor of a substantial part of his power to make appointments, and reshuffle the regulation of lobbyists, ethics complaints and elections, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has already signed one of the bills.

McCrory Finally Concedes In North Carolina

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) announced that he’s conceded the election to Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) and will support transition efforts, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Said McCrory: “It’s time to celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history.”

McCrory Backtracks on New Bathroom Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) “issued an executive order that changes two provisions in the controversial LGBT-protections law, and reaffirms private sector and local government rights to enact their own non-discrimination policies,” the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

“The law has led to substantial opposition from major companies, and hundreds of quantifiable lost jobs.”

However, the “most controversial part of the new law, requiring people use bathrooms of their sex at birth and not their gender identity, remains intact.”

Washington Post: “If this saga has gone terribly for McCrory, it’s been great for Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is trying to unseat McCrory.”