North Carolina House Democrats were left in a rage Wednesday after their Republican counterparts voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget. They weren't just upset with the result, however. It was how the GOP got it done that riled up the Democrats.
At the time of the vote, only 64 of the 120 members were present, including just 12 Democrats; House Democratic leader Darren Jackson said he told his caucus they didn't need to attend Wednesday morning's session because state Rep. David Lewis (R) said there would be no votes recorded during that time. The Republican House Speaker, Rep. Tim Moore, said that announcement was never made.
Rep. Deb Butler (D) criticized the Republicans for how they handled the matter following a 55-9 vote to override the veto. "How dare you Mr. Speaker?," Butler said, addressing Moore. "The trickery that is being evidenced by this morning is tantamount to a criminal offense." Butler described the Republican strategy as "scorched earth politics" and said she was threatened with arrest on the House floor.
"The fact that they would sit and lie in wait to trap these good citizens, these good representatives, is disgraceful," she said.
In Florida on Tuesday, the Democrats flipped a Republican-held state House seat in a Sarasota district that President Trump won in 2016 by 5 percentage points.
Democrat Margaret Good defeated Republican James Buchanan, 52 percent to 45 percent, in a special election prompted by the resignation of state Rep. Alex Miller (R); Miller resigned halfway through her first term, after winning in 2016 by about 16 percentage points. Republicans still retain control of both of the state's legislative chambers.
Good, an attorney, told constituents she would protect public lands, wants to expand Medicaid, and is opposed to using public funds to pay for charter schools, HuffPost reports. Democrats have picked up 36 state legislative seats since Trump's election. Catherine Garcia