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North Carolina election law reducing new governor's powers to stay blocked for now

North Carolina election law reducing new governor's powers to stay blocked for now

A law North Carolina Republicans approved reducing the new Democratic governor's election oversight powers won't be enforced until the governor's legal challenge to it is resolved, state judges decided Thursday.

A panel of trial court judges is granting the request by Gov. Roy Cooper to extend a temporary 10-day block on the law, which Cooper argues is unconstitutional because it shifts appointment powers from him to legislative leaders.

Cooper sued GOP legislative leaders just before his New Year's Day swearing-in, challenging a law the General Assembly approved in a surprise special session barely a week after Republican incumbent Pat McCrory conceded to Cooper in their...

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