Despite bipartisan opposition, the General Assembly cleared House Bill 100. This legislation adds party labels to candidates for superior and district court seats.
Gov. Roy Cooper, who has been a champion of non-partisan judicial elections as a state legislator, should now take his chance to keep politics out of our courtrooms and veto this bill.
Let’s be clear about what this is, a continuation of the partisan retribution that the General Assembly began immediately after the election of Cooper to the governor’s office and Mike Morgan to the state Supreme Court. No matter what your politics, this kind of polarized political retaliation is unacceptable. Already, the General Assembly has turned our state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals elections into partisan races, in addition to restructuring the state court system to make it harder for people to get a fair hearing in front of the Supreme Court. In the process, legislators continue to put their narrow partisan interests ahead of the fairness and impartiality of our courts.
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