Tag:Gov. Pat McCrory

  • Governor Cooper’s separation anxiety

    Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper spent much of his first 13 months in office defending the venerated principle of separation of powers. At the end of January, however, by signing a $57.8 million deal connected with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Cooper basically proved he’s been acting like a hypocrite all along.

  • Divergent opinions and the power of independent thought

    The News & Observer of Raleigh and The Charlotte Observer have offered up a wonderful example of the power of free and independent thought. The example, in the form of a pair of wildly disparate editorials, was probably an accident and most likely elicited audible gasps and groans from the staffs…

  • McCrory sounds like he’s ready for a rematch with Cooper

    Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says Roy Cooper, his Democratic successor, is repaying his trial lawyer campaign contributors by hiring them for expensive, politically motivated lawsuits against the GOP-led General Assembly. In a wide-ranging interview with Carolina Journal, McCrory also accused Cooper of massive firings of people hired during McCrory’s…

  • A tale of two recoveries

    The following editorial appeared in the February 2017 print edition of Carolina Journal: Timing matters, in both stand-up comedy and interpreting statistical trends. Left-leaning groups are likely to seize on findings by N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, in his monthly Carolina Journal column (reprinted here), to deflate the…

  • Let’s start 2017 by promoting ideas that benefit all

    Lawsuits. Veto threats. Power grabs. Protests. My rights, his rights. No one’s right. What a way to end 2016. Recovering from one of most contentious elections and a special session of the General Assembly tarnished by constitutional challenges, most North Carolinians are left asking, can’t we all just get…

  • 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.

  • Special Session on H.B. 2 repeal set for Wednesday

    The General Assembly will return for a fifth special session Wednesday after a Monday morning vote by the Charlotte City Council repealing its bathroom ordinance that led to the adoption of House Bill 2. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced the session in a press release and video…