Thursday News: Putting on a show

WAITING FOR GODOT (WRAL-TV) -- A Senate committee on Wednesday did its own performance of "Waiting for Godot," staging a confirmation hearing for a cabinet nominee who senators knew wouldn't show up. Former Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, had been scheduled to appear before the committee as Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to head the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, but a panel of three Superior Court judges late Tuesday put the new law calling for Senate confirmation of members of Cooper's cabinet on hold. Republican senators turned the event into theater, blasting the court ruling, while their Democratic colleagues called the committee hearing a charade.

N.C. JUDGES BRUSH BACK GOP LEGISLATORS IN FIGHT WITH DEM GOV. (New York Magazine) -- Turns out Donald Trump isn’t the only chief executive whose attorney was involved this week in legal proceedings carried out by telephone conference call. While Trump or may not get what he wants from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in putting aside a lower court’s order to freeze implementation of his travel ban, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper did get some immediate relief, as a three-judge Superior Court panel temporarily stopped Republican legislators from acting under the authority of a disputed law hastily enacted to strip Cooper of key gubernatorial powers:

BILL WOULD MOVE ALL LOCAL ELECTIONS TO EVEN YEARS (Winston-Salem Journal) -- A bill filed Wednesday in the General Assembly would move all municipal elections in the state to even-numbered years starting in 2020 or 2022. State Rep. Debra Conrad, R-Forsyth, one of the sponsors of the bill, said that if passed, the bill would save citizens the cost of running elections in odd-numbered years.

PASQUOTANK FRUSTRATED WITH COOK ON WIND FARM (Elizabeth City Daily Advance) -- Pasquotank County commissioners expressed frustration with state Sen. Bill Cook this week, criticizing both his efforts to shut down the Amazon Wind Farm US East and his absence from lawmakers' tour of the facility last month. During commissioners’ meeting Monday, the board passed a resolution of support for the wind farm, joining Elizabeth City City Council and two local economic development agencies who had already passed similar resolutions. The resolution protests a letter that Cook, R-Beaufort, and nine other lawmakers signed calling for President Donald Trump's administration to shut down the facility.

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