by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement Monday of seven new vetoes not only helped him break the state’s record for most vetoes in a two-year legislative term (23). The first-term Democrat now has vetoed more bills than any N.C. predecessor.
He has issued nearly 40 percent of all gubernatorial vetoes in N.C. history.
Democrat Jim Hunt was the first governor to gain veto power in North Carolina in the 1990s. He never used it. Each of his successors has vetoed bills.