Tag:Gov. Roy Cooper

  • A never-ending fight for freedom 

    The 2017 legislative long session is over. Kind of.  In the wee hours of June 30, on the eve of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly adjourned, only to schedule encore sessions in August and September.    The session started with what seemed like the unending distraction…

  • Special legislative election: a slam dunk for Democrats?

    If you’re a North Carolina political junkie, it must seem like Christmas came in July. Which Tar Heel politicos’ stockings are filled with lumps of coal may depend on what happens Thursday in Greensboro. That day a panel of three federal judges finally will hear attorneys for the General Assembly,…

  • Legislative leaders dismiss lawsuit over Medicaid expansion

    With Gov. Roy Cooper’s desire to expand Medicaid withering on the vine, legislative leaders decided to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block what they saw as unconstitutional action. “We are pleased Gov. Cooper abandoned his plan to defy state and federal law and unilaterally expand…

  • State election/ethics board stays put, for now

    A legal battle between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the General Assembly over the creation of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is bypassing the Court of Appeals. The next stop is the N.C. Supreme Court. An order…

  • N.C. Democrats, Cooper take the offensive

    Gov. Roy Cooper is determined to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, and he’s trying to raise as much money as possible to do it. A new initiative and a partnership with the state Democratic Party, Break the Majority, aims to…

  • Many fights, few wins in Cooper’s first legislative session

    When Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina, he faced an uphill battle to fulfill any of his campaign promises. Republicans held a supermajority in the General Assembly, essentially taking away Cooper’s veto power — his main form of leverage. Then in a special session before Cooper was inaugurated, legislators passed several measures further limiting Cooper’s power. They removed the governor’s ability…

  • Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry has called a job killer

    Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. In his veto message, Cooper, a Democrat, said the Republican-led General Assembly “used the levers of big government to…