There are headlines that are written with the intention of misleading and there are headlines that mislead because the writer did not know. The reason for the misleading headline is not important. Regardless of the reason, you must understand how our constitution works.
This was the headline: Republicans Seek To Strip Election Powers From Democrat North Carolina Governor.
The explanation for the headline was this, “North Carolina Senate Republicans filed legislation Monday to strip Gov. Roy Cooper of power to appoint State Board of Elections members, intensifying a yearslong struggle over state government powers between the GOP-led General Assembly and the Democratic governor.”
The implication is clearly that the nasty, right-wing, extremists Republicans were acting improperly and were violating something.
The United States Constitution in Article 1 Section 4., gives the power to regulate elections to the state legislatures, not the governor, not even the State Board of Election members. Therefore the North Carolina Legislator acted according to the United States Constitution. The role of the governor is not to legislate, but to administer the laws. The governor must adhere to the law passed, even a bill that becomes law because the legislature overrode a veto of that governor.
We are seeing more and more where executive branches are usurping the powers of the legislatures, both state and federal. According to the Constitution, the hard and fast rule is that the legislature branches legislate, and the executive branches administer. Nowhere are executive branches given any authority to legislate. The Supreme Court has upheld this constitutional truth.
A proper headline could have been Republicans Reclaim their Article 1. Section 4., Constitutional Duty from Democrat North Carolina Governor.
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