Cooper Vetoes Bills Targeting Public School Indoctrination, Rioting

By Mitch Kokai
Carolina Journal

Gov. Cooper VETO stamp and signature

Gov. Roy Cooper has pulled out his veto stamp again to reject bills dealing with public school indoctrination and penalties for rioting. Cooper now has vetoed 10 bills this year and 63 bills since becoming governor in 2017.

House Bill 324, Ensuring Dignity and Nondiscrimination in Schools, was designed to prevent schools from forcing students to adopt certain controversial beliefs. Supporters and opponents alike linked some of those beliefs to the controversial Critical Race Theory.

“The legislature should be focused on supporting teachers, helping students recover lost learning, and investing in our public schools,” Cooper said in his veto message. “Instead, this bill pushes calculated, conspiracy-laden politics into public education.”

Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, led the push for the final version of H.B. 324. “It’s perplexing that Gov. Cooper would veto a bill that affirms the public school system’s role to teach students the full truth about our state’s sometimes ugly past,” Berger said in a prepared statement. “His invented excuse is so plainly refuted by the text of the bill that I question whether he even read it.”

“More broadly, Democrats’ choice to oppose a bill saying schools can’t force kids to believe one race is superior to another really shows how far off the rails the mainstream Democratic Party has gone,” Berger added.

The idea that members of one race or sex are superior to another is one of 13 concepts targeted in H.B. 324. The bill would ban schools from promoting those concepts, with “promotion” defined as forcing students or staff to endorse those concepts.

House Bill 805, Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder, aimed to step up penalties for people who commit violent acts during protests.

“People who commit crimes during riots and at other times should be prosecuted and our laws provide for that, but this legislation is unnecessary and is intended to intimidate and deter people from exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest,” Cooper said in his veto message.

Berger’s counterpart in the state House, Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, led the push for H.B. 805. His support for the measure included a rare speech from the floor of the House chamber.

Both vetoed bills passed on party-line votes. The Senate approved H.B. 324 with a 25-17 vote, while the House approved it, 61-41. Every “yes” vote came from a Republican, every “no” vote from a Democrat.

The Senate approved H.B. 805 with a 25-19 vote, while the House approved it, 63-41. Two House Democrats joined Republicans to support the measure. Every Senate Democrat voted no.

Republicans don’t have enough votes in either the House or Senate to override one of Cooper’s vetos by themselves. If every member of the legislative chamber is present and voting, Republicans need support from three House Democrats and two Democratic senators to meet a three-fifths, or 60%, threshold. That’s the minimum support needed to overcome the governor’s objections.

State legislators haven’t voted successfully to override a Cooper veto since December 2018. Cooper has issued 35 vetoes since 2019 after Republicans lost veto-proof supermajority control of the state House and Senate in the 2018 elections. So far, Republican lawmakers have not secured enough Democratic support to set aside any vetoes from the past three years.

Along with the two vetoes, Cooper also signed nine bills into law Friday.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Why is the Executive branch allowed to determine legislative actions when the majority of the legislature, who were elected by the citizens, create and accept these bills? Too much POWER in to few hands. Inept in Carolina and DC.

  2. Why would he approve a bill that would limit teaching CRT when he whole-heartedly believes in it? And if he limits rioting Or increases fines for it than he too would be guilty when he is out marching maskless with them. He was selected not elected! Time for a full forensic audit to remove the corruption from our beautiful state.

  3. Jen R. , I would be interested in knowing what your idea of a “Full Forensic Audit” includes. I hear people ask for one a lot, but when pressed, they don’t know what one is.
    Many mention for a canvass, not realizing one was done 10 days after the election, so the votes could be certified.
    Many also mention a hand count, not realizing one was done to determine that Paul Newby won the Supreme Court race by approximately 400 votes.
    Many people also are demanding that N.C. get rid of it’s Dominion voting machines, not realizing that we don’t use machines with Dominion software and that the voting machines do NOT have a modem that can be accessed wirelessly through the internet. Republican NC House Member Keith Kidwell was part of a team that inspected the machines and opened them up to inspect them.
    As a Poll Observer, I was satisfied from what I saw that we had a fair election here in NC. It was only because of the N.C. General Assembly having the forethought to enact policies to keep what happened in Pa and Ga from happening here. Now those states are looking to N.C. for guidance.
    We must remain vigilant though and keep up the pressure on the N.C. Board of elections and. Piper to keep them from trying to change up the playbook though.

    • Terry thank you for your well written answer with thoughtful questions.

      A full forensic audit would include looking forensically at ballots to determine authenticity, if there are folds in mail in or absentee ballots, if the ink is consistent with the printer ink used on legal ballots, if a stamp was used to fill in vote circles vs a pen. A recount which is what was done for the NC chief Supreme Court judge race simply kept counting the same ballots over and over but did not determine if the ballots were legal and the voter was legally allowed to vote. A full forensic audit would determine that.

      The machines may not be connected to the internet but the process/results are absolutely transmitted over the internet which is how the media can get results before they are fully completed in all precincts. Any connection to the internet is at risk of fraud and interception by nefarious parties wanting to impact election results. I do not feel the fraud occurred at the machine or precinct level but rather at a state/national level to impact most of not all races.

      A canvas is different from a recount which is what was completed. A canvas would look at voter roles compared to address and whether address is legit (not a business, empty lot, etc), whether the number of votes at one address matches the number of voters and is not inflated. A canvas would also look for and identify phantom and lost votes.

      NC uses ES&S and hart not dominion but they are 2 sides of the same coin. All are known to have intrusions and fraud.

      I believe the election was fraudulent from a higher level than precincts and possibly even county level. I believe the results were predetermined based off the numbers in the 2010 census. A great resource for this is dr. Franks video on rumble called math wars. He also has a video specific to NC that is very eye opening. I highly recommend you check him out.

  4. Jeffjohnson123, it’s called Checks and Balances. If you paid attention in middle or high school civics you would understand how our government works.

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