Tag:council of state

  • Amid crisis, Cooper continues to block Republican-led legislation

    During a 2020 legislative session immersed in financial doubt and civil unrest, Republican lawmakers flailed against Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power, fighting executive orders they say hurt North Carolina. It’s a political game, much like the 2019 standoff over the General Assembly’s $24 billion budget bill, which Cooper vetoed. But now, in an election year, the…

  • Council of State taking on Republican hue

    Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper claims to have won the governor’s race, incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says votes remain uncounted that could reverse Cooper’s razor-thin margin, and several Council of State races swung from Democratic to GOP control in Tuesday’s historic general election. “We have won this race,” Cooper…

  • Council of State members offer mixed reaction to limits on employment

    A recommendation that the state might impose ethics-related restrictions on secondary employment and corporate board memberships on the state treasurer — and possibly other Council of State officers — drew a mixed response from those officials. At a July 28 meeting of the Investment Advisory Committee, Blake Thomas, interim general…

  • Outside influence in government

    The following editorial was published in the August 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: Several members of the Investment Advisory Committee, a state commission that advises the treasurer about financial strategies for the state’s substantial investment portfolio, were surprised to learn at a recent meeting that, unlike many elected and…