FiveThirtyEight: Reacting to North Carolina's 'legislative coup'

The FiveThirtyEight politics podcast team discuss the recent North Carolina General Assembly's special session.
3:03 | 06/17/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: Reacting to North Carolina's 'legislative coup'
Let's talk about North Carolina and what I've heard referred to several times eight legislative coup and now we'll talk or whether we agree with that assessment monopoly trend recap a little bit so. Last Friday then North Carolina general assembly wrapped up a special session they called and in that special session. Republicans who dominate both chambers passed a series of measures that will weaken the political power of the incoming democratic governor Roy Cooper neat. You can jump in to any of the justices if you want or do you wanna take on this notion in the word coup is that what it feels that. To use this a legislative coup. Happening in North Carolina no I think that's kind of under Nate degrees they're wrong word from him. And kind of misunderstand. The dangers there might be ready mean a Q uses. Extra legal means. To take over a government. In hostile way and here you have people who were in power but who are lame ducks. Using legal means although there are debates because of voting rights act about some of these things that could wind up down the road. Restricting black the minority voting rights in North Carolina it's more of a question of norms and ethics. And it's kind of a varied. Jerky thing to do their words it would use instead of Turkey but I forget what kind of family rating we have in this podcasts like you know keep it. What happens if all the sudden. Kind of good will evaporates in American. Politics right in the norm is that when you are. A lame duck usually don't take that opportunity having had X to her years in office. To pass things after you lose your kind of mandate. From the public or in this case the governor lost his mandate. Democrats have also done a lot of things in the past when it came to regards. North Carolina and power balance thing and stuff like that so it you know some of this stuff. Hats occurred before it's not unprecedented. But I few for instance reed rock Christian since article in the news observer down there. At the attempt to grip control of the election machinery from the governor has quote unquote apparently not been tried before North Carolina and I think of that. To me is the most egregious of all of these moves and more than that it comes on talk. Of or rain extended election season where Patrick McCrory the incumbent governor and refuse to concede the race. Two Cooper despite the fact that it was very clear that although it was a close race. It was one in which McCrory was ultimately not gonna come out being the winner and so I think it's you building on. This on this on this on this on this in sort of this good faith effort that we normally see this in. Torn apart. And yes Democrats have done in the past but this to me based in North Carolina seems a little bit more so.

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