News

Roy Cooper for president? Why he was named a top pick for 2024

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is among the top 10 Democrats named in The Washington Post’s quarterly Democratic presidential candidate ranking for 2024 released on April 16. Cooper came in at 6th place, down from 5th in its last ranking. The paper calls him “one leading contender you hear the least about” and says he...

Theresa Opeka
News

State of emergency continues with new ways to measure COVID

Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina’s state of emergency will continue, despite declining COVID numbers. The announcement came during a news conference Thursday, March 17, announcing new guidelines to measure COVID-19 levels. Cooper has shifted responsibility for dealing with the pandemic to the General Assembly. He explained the move like this: “It’s a legal tool...

Theresa Opeka
News

Late COVID unemployment checks tangled in red tape, according to new state audit

Nearly half a billion dollars in first-time unemployment benefits in North Carolina were not paid out in a timely manner during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to an audit released from State Auditor Beth Wood’s office on Monday. The Division of Employment Security didn’t issue $438 million of first unemployment benefit payments during...

Theresa Opeka
News

Democrats’ ‘no’ votes on Free the Smiles veto override follow common pattern

Neither state Senate Democrat who initially voted for the Free the Smiles legislation last month was willing to stick with that “yes” vote this week. Both of their “yes” votes turned into “no” when they had a chance to help override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the school masking measure. The flip from “yes” to...

Mitch Kokai
News

Berger: No end in sight to ongoing COVID state of emergency

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, says the governor’s long-running COVID state of emergency is now the “status quo.” “For 730 days,” Berger said in a statement Thursday, March 10, “Gov. Roy Cooper has kept North Carolina in a state of emergency, even as COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines have disappeared.” Emergency declarations are typically reserved...

John Trump

Help Support Non-profit Journalism & Donate Today

Opinion

Cooper demands absolute loyalty from Democrats … or else

If you are a Democrat and you don’t show absolute loyalty to Gov. Roy Cooper, he will seek to destroy you politically. Cooper recruited, endorsed, and will help bankroll a primary against Democrat state Sen. Kirk deViere of Cumberland County because deViere voted a few times with Republicans in the General Assembly. Cooper endorsed Val...

Dallas Woodhouse
News

Offshore wind turbines interfere with ships’ radar, ability to navigate, study finds 

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Biden administration want to make North Carolina carbon neutral by 2050, and President Biden’s ambitious plans to combat climate change lean heavily on offshore wind generation. The turbines could be a problem for fishermen. North Carolina’s fishing industry has largely been cautious in criticizing the wind turbines, saying it wants...

David Larson
News

Appeals Court considers lawsuit challenging Cooper team’s 2020 racetrack shutdown

Two years after Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration shut down an Alamance County racetrack during the height of the COVID-19 scare, the track’s owners continue a legal fight against the state. A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the case. It pits the head of the N.C. Department of Health...

CJ Staff
News

On two-year anniversary, Republicans call for Cooper to end emergency order

This week marks the two-year anniversary of Gov. Roy Cooper’s state of emergency order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, all 69 members of the N.C. House Republican caucus have signed a letter calling on Cooper to rescind the order and “allow the state to move forward.” The move comes as the U.S. Centers for...

David N. Bass
Opinion

Democrats win redistricting battle, GOP gears up for future fight

North Carolina began its redistricting process for the 2022 elections in early August. Six and a half months later legislative and congressional maps for 2022 became final after the Democrat-controlled state supreme court seized control of the process forcing the legislature to bend to its will and adopt Democrat-friendly legislative maps. The court then imposed...

Dallas Woodhouse