Easley Veto

"Today, the North Carolina General Assembly, in its wisdom, decided not to try to override Governor Easley's veto of a bill. It was the first time a North Carolina governor had vetoed anything, because until recent times he didn't have veto power, the only governor in the country so under-muscled. His only clout was, he could appoint people to various things; the legislature kept all the reins in its hands.

The reason was: when North Carolina was under the Lord's Proprietor, basically a business venture, and later a royal colony, more than 30 men served as 'governor,' some several times. There was a general assembly, but it had about as much power as the Iraqi Parliament. The governor, representing the 'boss,' pulled all the strings.

In 1776 things changed, of course, but don't assume the people were empowered, the general assembly elected the governor, and they made sure he understood who was the 'new boss', them. No veto. It wasn't until 1996 that the governor was given veto power in a constitutional amendment referendum.

Ironically, Governor Easley used it to kill a boards and commissions appointment bill, saying it had 'problems.' One big reason was: two of the general assembly's appointees are, dead."