Governor Cooper Vetos Senate Bill 656

We applaud the governor for vetoing Senate Bill 656.  

Senate Bill 656 had some good provisions in it, like lowering the threshold for third parties to get on the ballot.  However, it also eliminated judicial primaries next year.  Here is our statement on Senate Bill 656. 

Governor's veto message:

“This legislation abolishes a scheduled election and takes away the right of the people to vote for the judges of their choice. It is the first step toward a constitutional amendment that will rig the system so that the legislature picks everybody’s judges in every district instead of letting the people vote for the judges they want. If the legislature doesn’t like the fact that judges are ruling many of their laws unconstitutional, they should change their ways instead of their judges.”