Pete's Prep: Friday, August 24, 2018

NC lawmakers come back to edit ballot questions

Republican state lawmakers are re-writing two constitutional amendments, so they can appear on the ballot in November and comply with two judges' opinions that they were not clear.

From the News & Observer:

A far-reaching proposal that would have stripped governors of their  power to appoint members to hundreds of boards and commissions was  whittled down to include changes only to the State Board of Elections  and Ethics Enforcement. 

The second proposed amendment,  which will limit governors’ powers in appointing judges and justices to  vacant seats, remains largely unchanged. But the legislature added a  clause that would make it clear that the legislature cannot avoid a  governor’s veto by attaching unrelated legislation to a bill on judicial  appointments. The rewritten ballot language has a much more expansive  explanation of the proposed changes.

The Republican-controlled  legislature is working under a tight deadline to get ballot language to  the state elections office in a week. The House is expected to vote  today and the Senate is expected to vote Monday.

Democrats held a news conference to complain about the rapid timeline the Republican leaders are using...


Two former Republican Governors sent a letter urging the GOP leaders to remove the two items altogether...


By the way, here is how the Democrats wrote up the ballot language: LINK

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