Editorial: Special Session Should NOT be used for Court-Packing

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The special legislative session next week is supposed to be focused on Hurricane Matthew relief. But McCrory has the potential to turn it into a session that also includes adding two new justices to the state Supreme Court in an undemocratic court-packing scheme. McCrory will be remembered for HB2 but he has a chance to end his term doing the right thing: focusing solely on Hurricane Matthew during the special session.

From The Winston-Salem Journal:

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has called a special legislative session next week to consider a Hurricane Matthew relief package. That’s needed. But what’s not needed is for the session to take up packing the state Supreme Court.

McCrory finally and graciously conceded the governor’s race Monday to his Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper. McCrory had persisted in dragging out the race with groundless contentions of voting irregularities on the part of county boards of election ruled by his own party. Saturday, he even called on the State Bureau of Investigation to probe some voting in Bladen County, even though the GOP-dominated state-elections board had rejected a complaint made about voting there.

The last thing we needed from the governor who shamelessly signed the state’s 2013 voter suppression bill into law, most of which the Fourth Circuit of Appeals rightly struck down this past summer, was another voter-suppression push.

So his concession Monday was welcome.

Now, he can continue to salvage his legacy with the special legislative session. There is talk that, in addition to the governor’s righteous cause of flood relief, legislators may try to add two seats to the state Supreme Court to address a Democratic win that tipped that court in the Democratic favor.

Legislators would be within their state constitutional rights. But they would subvert the will of the voters.



  1. Tom Karches's avatar
    Tom Karches
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    Will there be any sort of organized action at the beginning of the special session?
  2. Tom K's avatar
    Tom K
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    I mean a visible protest with real people.
  3. Tim Peck's avatar
    Tim Peck
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    The brief history of court-packing in North Carolina<br /> <br /> http://bit.ly/2fCWtEW
  4. Thomas Lewis's avatar
    Thomas Lewis
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    Peck..big difference between the two. This is the Supreme Court, not the Appeals. In this case the will of the Voters was to elect a Democrat there by tipping the balance. So no sir, this is not the same.
  5. Tom K's avatar
    Tom K
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    This is interesting. I was not aware of this previous case. Do you have any other references to the Easley case? I'm totally open to hearing out other points of view. I wish there was more of that. <br /> <br /> If it was wrong then, it is wrong now. Let's change the law to eliminate this arbitrary abuse of power. <br /> <br /> These types of power grabs do not instill much confidence in the people, of which almost 50% don't bother to vote.
  6. Jackie Dee's avatar
    Jackie Dee
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    Tom, yes there will be a rally in from of the General Assembly Legislative Building prior to the Special Session that starts at 10:00am. 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<br /> <br /> I agree that both parties ought to play by the rules, but unfortunately, this is often not always the case. A technicality or loophole in a law does not therefore make an action correct or just. The laws should be clear and prevent such abuses (by either party) in order to suppress the other party. If here is a legitimate need for additional justices, the expansion of the State Supreme Court should proces through appropriate process, including a request by the current Chief Justice. If unelected associate justices are adding during a Special Sessions meeting held to address the topic of Hurricane Matthew relief, this is disingenuous and manipulative at best.
  7. Letitia Stein's avatar
    Letitia Stein
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    Hi, I am a reporter with the Reuters news service. It looks like Progress North Carolina put out a media statement regarding the possible repeal of HB 2. Can you please share that with me, and add me to your list for updates on this issue? Thank much. My email is letitia.stein@thomsonreuters.com.
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