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BREAKING: In an absolute stunner, @NCHouseGOP calls surprise vote on morning of #9/11, override @NC_Governor veto to pass budget with barely half of members present. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @NCGOP @NCDemParty @JTHVerhovek @rickklein #ncpol #ncga
MORE: Surprise move by @NCHouseGOP & @NCHouseSpeaker brings dramatic - if not chaotic - to budget standoff with @NC_Governor & @NCDemParty who broke supermajorities in 2018 election. @ABC11_WTVD @rickklein @JTHVerhovek @ABCPolitics #ncpol #ncga
EVEN MORE: Latest @NCHouseGOP move caps remarkable week for @NCGOP, including @realDonaldTrump visit to push @jdanbishop to #NC09 win; Republicans also conceded defeat in state court on #gerrymandering & began work on new maps. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
LISTEN: I’d say “watch”, but no news station had a clue to get a camera to @NCLeg instead of #9/11 commemorations. Thanks to House clerk for posting audio of @NCHouseGOP budget vote. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @rickklein #ncga #ncpol ncleg.gov/DocumentSites/…
UPDATE: @NCHouseGOP vote is major (again, if not chaotic) move against @NC_Governor, but veto override still needs Senate vote as well. Don’t be surprised if @NCSenateDems basically camp out at @NCLeg now to ensure there are no @MyNCSenate surprises. @ABC11_WTVD #ncpol #ncga
It’s now 9:39 a.m. and I’m four minutes late to mark the moment 18 years ago Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon. May the memory of all 9/11 victims forever be a blessing to us all. @ABC11_WTVD
RIGHT NOW: In hastily announced news conference, @nchousedems Minority Leader @JacksonforNC says he was told on multiple occasions by @RepDavidRLewis there would be no votes until at least 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. @NCGOP @ABC11_WTVD #ncga #ncpol
.@JacksonforNC was not in the chamber today, but @RepDebButler was. “I don’t mind losing a fair fight, but the deceit and misdirection and gotcha style politics should upset every voter in NC...this is not why we were elected.” @ABC11_WTVD @NCDemParty @NCGOP #ncga #ncpol
SOON: @NC_Governor holding own news conference after eventful (I need more adjectives) morning at @NCLeg. Cooper has fought for #MedicaidExpansion to be included in budget he approves, much to @NCGOP chagrin. Negotiations stalled weeks ago. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics #ncga #ncpol
RIGHT NOW: @NC_Governor blasts “deceptive” @NCHouseGOP for making a “bald-faced lie” that shows @NCGOP is “beyond desperate.” @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek @rickklein #ncpol #ncga
MORE from @NC_Governor: “This is a true assault on democracy” and “it’s wrong that we were not able to build consensus.” In veiled threat, Cooper says he won’t rule out legal action based on recent state court #gerrymandering ruling against @NCGOP. @ABC11_WTVD #ncga #ncpol
NEW: @ABC11_WTVD obtains this email sent from minority leader @JacksonforNC to @nchousedems caucus with Tuesday schedule, which thus far corroborates notion @NCHouseGOP had signaled no recorded votes until afternoon @NCLeg session. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek #ncpol
NOW: @NCHouseSpeaker, flanked by @NCHouseGOP caucus, says he “takes exception” to attacks from @nchousedems & @NC_Governor, vows @NCGOP followed the rules. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
.@RepDavidRLewis: “I publicly announced votes would take place today” without exception; @NCHouseSpeaker blames @nchousedems for “missing work.” @ABCPolitics @NCHouseGOP @ABC11_WTVD @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
Key takeaway from @NCHouseSpeaker: this was nothing more than a regrettable miscommunication and it’s too bad for the @nchousedems that it happened. “We (@NCHouseGOP) showed up for work.” @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek @rickklein #ncga #ncpol
Tension in @NCLeg now permeating outside the galleries. Could be the first of several protestors to make their way to Jones Street. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @rickklein @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
As @NCLeg afternoon session gavels in, @RepDavidRLewis honors @FDNY, @NYPDnews & other first responders killed on 9/11. Another House member offered a prayer this morning - but this time there’s a full chamber. #NeverForget #NeverForget911 #September11th @ABC11_WTVD #ncga #ncpol
JUST IN: @JasonSaine97th (R-Lincoln) responds to @ABC11_WTVD question about his motion to call for a veto override vote this morning on 9/11. At least one @nchousedems, @RepGPierce1 (Hoke), attended #September11 memorial. @ABC11_WTVD @JTHVerhovek @ABCPolitics #ncga #ncpol
Always important to put things in context, though his answer to one question was tweeted in full above. Here are answers to all questions emailed to @JasonSaine97th that will be included in our article on ABC11.com. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
We just had a chance as well to speak with @JasonSaine97th (R-Lincoln) on camera. Here’s his unedited answer defending decision to vote today, which includes reference to recent state court decision on @NCGOP #gerrymandering. @ABC11_WTVD #ncpol #ncga
RECAP: Did @NCHouseGOP follow the rules when they called a surprise vote against @NC_Governor on morning of 9/11? Yes. Was it the right move? According to @nchousedems, an unequivocal no. Just another exciting chapter in #NCPol. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics abc11.com/politics/gov-c…
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