Remarkable stuff underway in North Carolina,
where the Republican legislative majority is in the midst of a last-minute special legislative session to strip power from the incoming Democratic governor, Roy Cooper.

Arrests. Banishment of protesters from legislative galleries. Not a pretty picture of the Democratic process or the Republican Party.


This refusal to cede power is an old story, of course. Think Sen. Tom Cotton’s months-long obstruction of federal judicial appointments; the refusal of the U.S. Senate to consider a U.S. Supreme Court nominee by President Barack Obama. It could be worse. Absolute GOP  control in Arkansas means Democrats are lucky to even be allowed votes on their bills in committee before they are promptly defeated.