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NC House Leadership Spars Over Budget Veto Override

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.

Updated 6:40 a.m. Tuesday

The fight among state Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly over an unexpected veto-override vote of the state budget continues.

Rep. Darren Jackson, D, left, of Wake County and Rep. Tim Moore, R, of Cleveland County lead their parties in the North Carolina House.

House Minority Leader Darren Jackson, D-Wake, insisted to reporters yesterday that Republican Speaker Tim Moore's top lieutenant told him no votes would be taken the morning of Sept. 11.

"They were a deliberate dishonest assault on the democratic process and the integrity of this chamber on the morning of 9/11, which makes this shameless act even more tasteless," Jackson said in a press conference recorded by WRAL-TV.

Jackson said he's taken a lie detector test and invited Moore and others to do the same. Moore, R-Cleveland, responded with his own news conference saying that he will release a video showing no wrong-doing during the regularly scheduled voting session.

“If there was a plan to override a veto, don’t you think I would have had us at full strength? Don’t you think I would have had a quorum presence of Republicans? Look if the Democrats had walked off the floor that would have shut the thing down,” Moore said.

Later that day, Moore’s spokesman showed reporters a video from a camera mounted in the House chamber. According to the News & Observer of Raleigh, it did not contain audio – and some members in the back were hard to make out.

Most of the House Republicans were in the chamber that morning when the override vote occurred, but only about a dozen Democrats. The override isn't complete. The Republican-controlled Senate still would have to vote to do so.

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.