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Move would give Republicans veto-proof majority in state legislature
Aaron Kliegman

Apr. 4 2023

A Democratic lawmaker in North Carolina is reportedly expected to change her political party and become a Republican, giving the GOP a veto-proof majority in the state legislature. 

State Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Democrat from Charlotte, is expected to announce her decision Wednesday, according to Axios, which cited multiple Republicans with knowledge of the discussions.

Republicans had been hoping that Cotham would change parties at some point this legislative session, but the prospect became more realistic last week.

If Cotham follows through, the move could have major political implications for North Carolina, a swing state where Republicans are currently one seat short of a supermajority in the legislature.


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‘Pushed Me Out’: North Carolina Democrat Defects, Hands GOP Veto-Proof Control Of Legislature
Tim Pearce
Apr 5, 2023

North Carolina State Rep. Tricia Cotham is defecting from the Democratic Party, joining the GOP, and delivering Republicans supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

Cotham announced her party switch on Wednesday, bashing Democrats on her way out. The move infuriated Democrats, and some even called for her to resign her seat.

“The modern-day Democratic Party has become unrecognizable to me and to so many others throughout this state and this country,” she said on Wednesday, adding that she and her family have suffered personal attacks from Democrats, according to The New York Times.

“They have pushed me out,” she said.


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Apr. 6 2023

Tricia Cotham was elected as a Democrat to her second stint in the North Carolina Legislature last year. On Wednesday she joined the Republican caucus. The result is a GOP supermajority that will be a headache for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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