RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper line’em up and shot the down, vetoing a total of seven bills given to him by the General Assembly. Legislation ranging from the Regulatory Reform Act of 2018 to the North Carolina Farm Act was subject to his pen as the Democrat digs in against the Republican legislature for the remainder of the 2018 election cycle.
Cooper justified the vetoes with typical Leftist talking points language, from deriding Republicans about the environment, hurling accusations of discriminatory voter suppression, and even coming out for property rights (?).
Some lawmakers in particular were pained at Cooper’s veto of the Farm Act, accusing him of turning his back on North Carolina farmers.
It’s a sad day when the Governor of North Carolina chooses to stand up for out-of-state trial lawyers over our family farmers, and this veto has left our rural communities wondering where the Roy Cooper who grew up in rural Nash County has gone. #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/ReBfp0fYY9
— Sen. Brent Jackson (@SenBrentJackson) June 26, 2018
Dan Forest chimed in as well:
“I’m disappointed Governor Cooper has decided to support big-money out-of-state lawyers instead of our North Carolina farmers. It is time to end this attack on hard-working, law-abiding farm families and allow them to grow food without the fear of frivolous lawsuits. It is my hope the General Assembly will quickly override the Governor’s veto and show our farming community that we still stand with them.”
Cooper may just be warming up too, as the Republican majorities are moving in earnest on multiple constitutional amendment bills that he is sure to oppose.
The dramatic mass signing session for Cooper is more than show than anything, however, as the Republican super-majorities in the legislature can and likely will override him on each and every measure.
Cooper’s defense of property rights in defense of homeowners against farming operations is not believable. Not just because the changes to nuisance claim limits at hand are more reasonable than he presents, but because most Cooper’s campaign rhetoric is a promotion of further violating the property rights of all those making more than $200,000 while instigating class warfare themes.
As the General Assembly is in full swing, the vetoes will likely be overridden this week. Cooper may lined them up to shoot them down – but at this point he’s shooting blanks.