Judges Block Senate Hearings for Cooper Cabinet Members, Drawing the Ire of Republican Leaders

Judges Block Senate Hearings for Cooper Cabinet Members, Drawing the Ire of Republican Leaders

Last night, a panel of judges handed a rare victory to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, temporarily blocking the Senate from holding hearings to confirm his cabinet nominees—part of a series of provisions enacted at the end of the year limiting the incoming governor’s power. The temporary order postponed a hearing today on Cooper’s appointee for the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.

Cooper—who narrowly ousted incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in November’s election and has since been grappling with a hostile legislature—praised the court’s decision. “We need to put these partisan confirmation games behind us and get on with repealing HB 2, raising teacher pay and getting better jobs for North Carolinians,” he said in a statement.…

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