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>> To provide help.>> After a bitter gubernatorial race that saw North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper edge out incumbent Pat McCrory, the state's Republican-dominated legislature on Thursday moved to strip Cooper's powers three weeks before he takes office. Introducing a surprise bill that would require Senate conformation for Cabinet appointments, reduce the number of state employees by 1200, and eliminate the governor's power to appoint University of North Carolina trustees.
Reuters reporter Marty McGuire is at the State House in Raleigh where at least 100 protesters have been on hand.>> They say that this move is both unprecedented, and unwarranted, given that the new governor has the mandate of the people.>> Republican Representative David Lewis, a sponsor of the bill introduced late Wednesday, told the Raleigh News and Observer a lot of this stuff would have been done anyway but maybe not as quickly if McCrory had won.
>> But Cooper's not buying it, saying it's about thwarting his ability to govern.>> Most people might think that this is a partisan power grab, but it is really more ominous.>> North Carolina has been in the spotlight for its passage of the HB2 bill restricting LGBT rights, which incited national backlash and is believed by many in the state to have cost McCrory his job, the only governorship in the country that Republicans failed to hold onto this year.