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New vote to Free the Smiles would mark first veto override attempt in a year

The speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives wants colleagues to override the governor’s veto of a bill ending school mask mandates. It would mark the first time in a year that lawmakers have tried to overturn a gubernatorial veto. “This isn’t over,” Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, tweeted Friday. “Looking forward to overriding @NC_Governor‘s veto...

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Cooper vetoes bill to delay N.C. primary election

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill to delay North Carolina’s primary election by three weeks. It represents Cooper’s first veto this year and the record-extending 70th veto of his tenure as governor. House Bill 605 would have pushed the primary election date back from May 17 to June 7. It also would have moved...

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Gov. Cooper gives a 50-50 response to six final bills for 2021

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper signed three bills into law Thursday, Dec. 9, but also vetoed three bills.  Getting the veto stamp were House Bill 220, Choice of Energy, and Senate Bill 725, Prohibit Private Money in Elections Administration, which would have banned private groups from funding local elections offices in North Carolina. The issue came...

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Latest Cooper veto targets bill adjusting absentee ballot deadline

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would have set Election Day as the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots in future N.C. elections. Cooper’s rejection of Senate Bill 326 marks his 13th veto this year and his record-extending 66th veto since taking office in 2017. “The legislature ironically named this bill ‘The Election Day...

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Cooper vetoes bill tweaking charter school oversight

Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest veto targets a bill that would have tweaked oversight of public charter schools in North Carolina. Cooper’s rejection of House Bill 729 marks his fifth veto this year and 58th veto since he took office in 2017. The governor specifically rejected a piece of H.B. 729 that would have changed the...

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Cooper vetoes at a record high, reshaping political strategy

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed more legislation than all other North Carolina governors combined. With the past three vetoes stamped over the past three weeks, Cooper’s total comes to 57 vetoes, and the session isn’t over. The next closest was Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue, with 20 vetoes during her tenure from 2009 to 2013. Her...

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Governor vetoes ‘Putting N.C. Back to Work Act’

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Friday that would have ended $300 in extra weekly federal unemployment benefits in North Carolina. The bill also would have tightened job search requirements to continue collecting unemployment. North Carolina would have joined 25 other states in cutting off the federal unemployment supplement. Other states have cited labor shortages...

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Cooper vetoes bill banning abortions based on race, Down syndrome

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill to ban abortions based on an unborn child’s race or the presence of Down syndrome. It’s his second veto in a week and third overall this year. “This bill gives the government control over what happens and what is said in the exam room between a woman and...

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Cooper vetoes bill allowing guns in churches on school campuses

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry guns in a church located on a private school campus when school was not in session. The bill also would have expanded concealed carry protection to more law enforcement employees. “For the safety of students and teachers, North Carolina should keep...

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Republicans cut a deal on state budget. Will key Democrats join, or block teacher raises again?

As state budget negotiations get down to the fine details, with an extra $6 billion in over-collected tax revenue on the table, Republicans are moving forward with another conservative spending plan to make key investments and return tax money back to those who earned it. It puts the minority party, legislative Democrats, in a tough...

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Seventh Cooper veto targets ‘game nights’ bill

North Carolina lawmakers will have at least two vetoes to consider when they return to Raleigh. Gov. Roy Cooper used his veto stamp for the seventh time to reject House Bill 511, a proposal to allow nonprofit groups to hold so-called “game nights.” “I am not opposed to legitimate nonprofits holding an occasional ‘game night’...

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