AS GOP LOSES GRIP ON N.C., THEY DEAL ONE FINAL BLOW (The Guardian) — Many of Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s supporters hoped the new governor, seen as a moderate in his long career as state attorney general, would at least be able to slow the barrage of conservative lawmaking that began with a concerted effort by major Republican donors to flip the state legislature in 2010. Immediately following Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory’s concession, however, GOP lawmakers called an emergency meeting of the state legislature. It was initially billed as a special session to pass a year-end disaster relief bill. Instead, they unleashed a wave of laws that wiped out the incoming Democratic governor’s power and crippled the reach of the state supreme court, which voters had also given a new Democratic majority.