- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans at the General Assembly appear ready to undermine North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s powers before he takes office next month.

GOP lawmakers participating in a special session scheduled committee meetings Thursday to consider bills that would reshape parts of state government and Cooper’s relations with the legislature.

One measure would require Cooper’s Cabinet choices to get Senate confirmation and scale back dramatically the number of at-will political appointees Cooper can hire. Another measure would merge the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission.

Democrats are furious about the goals of the second special session this week, calling it a power grab after the voters picked Cooper over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory last month. A special session that closed Wednesday located $200 million for hurricane and wildfire relief.

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