UPDATED: The House overrode the veto of the teachers dues checkoff bill, accomplishing their long-sought payback to the N.C. Association of Educators for its lobbying efforts.
And then they went home, adjourning until February without taking up voter ID or offshore/onshore drilling.
Gov. Perdue issued a statement calling the session unconstitutional because legislators took up an issue that was not the reason they had convened.
“The Republicans in the General Assembly didn’t have the votes to get what they wanted legally," Perdue's statement said. "So, in the dark of night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab. I am saddened for the people of North Carolina that the Republicans abused their power and chose this destructive path.”
In pursuing a midnight session, House Democratic Leader Joe Hackney said Republicans broke a pledge not to consider any legislation other than one bill involving the Racial Justice Act.
The deal: Democrats would request the governor go ahead with appointment of Trudi Walend, a crucial Republican vote, to replace Rep. David Guice, if Republicans wouldn't consider other legislation. If the appointment was finalized by 6:30 p.m., the deal was set, Hackney said.
Republicans see this as trading a seat for a vote (or no votes, in this case). But Hackney rejected such an accusation as "ridiculous."
He said Democrats pushed Perdue to make the appointment faster -- she has seven days to finalize the Republicans' appointment. "The governor was asked to act abnormally in that matter," he said. Read more below.