Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Cooper taps Hooks for public safety post

    RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he has chosen Erik Hooks as his public safety secretary. Hooks, a Spring Lake native, is a State Bureau of Investigation veteran. “Erik Hooks has worked every kind of crime from drug trafficking to public corruption and homeland security critical…

  • Cooper inauguration Saturday, weather permitting

    RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who took the oath of office just after midnight on New Year’s Day, will be formally inaugurated during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony in front of the State Archives Building, weather permitting. “I certainly hope I’m not conducting the inauguration from emergency management,”…

  • Court halts revamp of elections board

    Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens issued a temporary restraining order on Friday preventing a revamp of the State Board of Elections enacted earlier this month from taking effect. Gov.-elect Roy Cooper charged that the new law violates separation of powers. Under Senate Bill 4, the State Board of Elections…

  • House Democrats name Jackson minority leader

    RALEIGH — House Democrats have selected Rep. Darren Jackson as their minority leader for the 2017 session of the General Assembly. Jackson, an attorney from Wake County, was elected to his fifth term in the state House in November. He has been a leading critic of the state’s transgender…

  • UPDATE: McCrory signs House Bill 17

    UPDATED, Dec. 20, 11:40 a.m.: Gov. McCrory signed the measure and it is now Session Law 2016-126. In a press release, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday evening he would sign House Bill 17, the measure reorganizing the executive branch and limiting the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper.

  • Cooper lashes out at ‘back-handed’ moves in special session

    Gov.-elect Roy Cooper held a news conference Thursday morning in response to a slew of bills from lawmakers filed in a special session of the General Assembly. Lawmakers on Wednesday filed 28 bills, including measures that would require Cabinet officials appointed by the governor to receive approval from the Senate,…

  • Bill would give charters access to some state transportation money

    If passed, House Bill 10 would require the N.C. Department of Transportation to maintain and repair roads, driveways, and entrances leading from public roads to all K-12 schools, including roads to and from free-standing public charter schools and their expansion buildings. Republicans Reps. John Torbett, Gaston, and Paul Stam,…

  • House bill would let Wilson extend muni broadband service

    Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, took a step Wednesday in clearing a path for Wilson to expand the area in which it offers broadband service. She has lobbied for a change in the law to allow rural areas to be more competitive with traditional providers. Martin filed one of 21 bills…

  • I-77 toll project in danger?

    The special session of the General Assembly that convened today is taking a harsh view of the controversial plan to add high-occupancy tolling lanes to the center corridor of Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory fiercely defended the project despite significant local opposition. House Bill 4,…