Cooper vetoes bipartisan elections bill

North Carolina Roy Cooper held a very rare news conference today in Raleigh that was not televised live by any outlet. (WRAL did have a live feed of the steps of the courthouse where Gen. Mike Flynn would be sentenced, though.)

At the news conference, Gov. Cooper announced he intended to veto a bipartisan elections bill - but not right away. He said he wants to give the Legislature time to eliminate one part of the bill he doesn't like.

Here's how the News & Observer framed it:

Gov. Roy Cooper threatened Tuesday to veto a bill that allows for a  complete do-over of the 9th Congressional District race, starting with a  primary if the state elections board calls for a new election.

The bill also reconfigures the  agencies that oversee elections and ethics. But Cooper said he planned  to veto the bill because of a provision that would require campaign  finance investigations the state elections board conducts be  confidential.

This bill was supported by Democrats. But note how the N&O crafts the narrative to lead its readers in a slightly different direction:

The bill passed the Republican-led legislature overwhelmingly, though the Democratic U.S. House delegation and a Republican former state Supreme Court justice question whether a law requiring a new primary is constitutional.


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