This Thanksgiving, the Editorial Board is thankful for the preservation of democratic norms and institutions — and you should be, too.
On Nov. 6, North Carolinians checked and balanced the power of the North Carolina General Assembly. Voters rejected the subtle attack on separation of powers given to us in the form of two shiny, new constitutional amendments.
These amendments would have chipped away at executive power by giving the General Assembly more of a say in filling judicial vacancies and appointing members to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. If the amendments had passed, the governor’s choices would have been limited to a small number of candidates put forth by the General Assembly, giving even more influence to a legislature that, relatively speaking, is already too strong.
All five living former governors — three Democrats and two Republicans — publicly campaigned against these amendments. Even former Governor Pat McCrory, who as a lame duck signed very similar bills to limit the power of his successor, joined in.