NC Lawmakers, Perdue Make Claims To Bipartisanship

The North Carolina Legislature has finished for now a divisive two-year session with a record 19 vetoes by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and 11 Republican overrides.

So can either party make the claim of bipartisanship entering the fall campaign?

Perdue and legislative Democrats say the outgoing governor tried repeatedly to pass a bipartisan compromise to invest more in the public schools, but Republicans refused and overrode her veto last week.

But GOP leaders like House Speaker Thom Tillis say they showed bipartisanship because nearly 20 House Democrats joined Republicans in voting to override vetoes since last year.

Voters will decide in November whether the GOP's method of bipartisanship produced policy achievements or failures. Republicans took majorities in both chambers in 2011 for the first time in 140 years.

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