Tag:Gov. Pat McCrory

  • After the storm: N.C. a model for the rest of the country 

    Recovery from Hurricane Florence will be long and hard. But as the waters recede, the strength of North Carolinians shines.   We’ve been here before. From 1851 to 2018, North Carolina has been hit by 65 hurricanes. Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s set a benchmark, and Hurricanes Fran, Floyd,…

  • RNC 2020 picks Charlotte, but will it be an economic bonanza?

    The 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte will gain international attention, but isn’t likely to provide a major economic boost to the city. Nor will the mega-event have a big impact on North Carolina’s election results. That’s the long view of Eric Heberlig, a UNC-Charlotte political…

  • 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…