N Carolina Republicans strip power from incoming Dem governor after days of protest, arrests

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The Republican-led North Carolina legislature has passed special session measures that will weaken powers vested in the state governor, an office the Democratic Party won in a close election this fall.

Demonstrators gathered at the state legislative building again on Friday to resume protests of hastened efforts by North Carolina’s Republican legislators that would sap various powers from incoming governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat who was previously the state’s attorney general. In a close election, Cooper defeated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory last month and will be sworn into office on January 7. – READ MORE

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