North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper speaks to supporters at a victory rally in Raleigh

North Carolina lawmakers pass curbs on incoming Democratic governor

North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper speaks to supporters at a victory rally in RaleighBy Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) – North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature passed a series of measures on Friday to curtail the executive authority of Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper just weeks before he is to succeed a Republican in the executive mansion. The bills, passed in the last hours of a special “lame duck” session called to help victims of Hurricane Matthew, strip the governor from the power to make cabinet appointments without Senate confirmation, name people to be trustees of the University of North Carolina and the ability to control hiring for about 1,200 state employees. “What is happening now may look like partisan political games, but the result will hurt North Carolinians,” Cooper said on Twitter Friday.

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