Drunk with power:
The complaint states that the Lee County Board of Commissioners, which wasn't affected by the bill, is controlled by a Republican majority, the same party as Stone. It also notes the four trustees kicked off the board and prohibited from being immediately re-elected are all registered as Democrat or Unaffiliated, and that the school board that elected them — which was recently changed to a partisan board, in a separate law proposed by Stone — is also majority Democrat or Unafilliated.
This isn't the first time General Assembly Republicans have misused their majority for partisan gain, and it's not the first time they've undermined the will of the people by taking authority away from local elected governments. But it may be the first time they've targeted specific individuals:
SECTION 1. The terms of all individuals elected solely by the Lee County Board of Education to the Board of Trustees of Central Carolina Community College shall expire effective August 1, 2013.
SECTION 2. No later than August 1, 2013, as required by G.S. 115D-12(a) for elections to Group One of the board of trustees for a community college, four trustees shall be jointly elected to the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees by the Board of Education of Chatham County, the Board of Education of Lee County, and the Board of Education of Harnett County with each board having one vote in the election of each trustee. No board of education shall elect a member of the board of education or any person employed by the board of education to serve as a trustee. No board of education shall reelect an individual elected solely by the Lee County Board of Education whose term expires August 1, 2013, as provided in Section 1 of this act, to one of the terms of office provided in Section 3 of this act.
Bolding mine. Just because a Local bill doesn't have to be approved by the Executive, it doesn't mean you can do whatever the hell you like, including removing individuals from local boards. Every single Republican who voted "aye" should be called as a witness in this lawsuit, to explain why they thought such misuse of government power was a good idea.
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