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A panel of judges has sided with North Carolina’s new Democratic governor in a growing power struggle with the Republican-led state legislature.

In a brief ruling issued Wednesday, the three-judge panel of state judges placed on hold a law that would have required Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) nominees to head state Cabinet agencies to undergo confirmation hearings before the state legislature ahead of a planned hearing on Friday.

North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature passed the new law in December, after Cooper ousted his Republican predecessor Pat McCrory. Cooper sued to overturn the decision, which he said violated the state constitution. The panel of judges agreed.

“We need to put these partisan confirmation games behind us and get on with repealing HB2, raising teacher pay and getting better jobs for North Carolinians,” Cooper said in a statement after the decision was released. “The court is…