New North Carolina Laws Limit Incoming Democratic Governor's Power

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, left, shakes hands with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, right, June 24, 2016. In November Cooper defeated McCrory in the gubernatorial race.
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During a tense special session this past Friday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a series of laws that limit the incoming governor's power.

This November, North Carolina was the only state to see its incumbent Republican governor defeated when Governor-elect Roy Cooper narrowly defeated over Governor McCrory.  

The session on Friday was protested by roughly 200 people, according to The New York Times. Grier Martin, a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, says these actions were clearly intended to hurt Democrats, but he's also worried this action could set a precedent for political parties in other states.