After the State Supreme Court prevented an extreme Republican gerrymander in 2022, new maps were enacted. In what we fully expected to be a tough year, we believed that there were paths for the rightwing to regain supermajorities in both chambers.
We needed to block a supermajority in one chamber to protect Governor Cooper’s veto power against a radical agenda that includes abortion bans and anti-voter policies. We saw a clearer path to our goal in the State House where we needed to prevent losing three seats.
In November, we preserved enough power to stave off what would have been a devastating rightwing victory — in the North Carolina House we helped prevent a supermajority by 315 voters.
In April 2023, after promising voters that she would protect abortion and prevent rollbacks on the rights of LGBTQ+ North Carolinians, and advocate for gun safety — Rep. Tricia Cotham single-handedly reversed that victory. She joined the rightwing to create a supermajority in the House. This sudden decision not only disregards the will of the voters who elected her, it could erase Governor Cooper’s veto power on some critical issues.
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