Cooper campaign says it raised $4.5M so far in 2019
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's re-election campaign says it took in more than $4.5 million during the first six months of this year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The professionals in charge of protecting North Carolina's elections for more than five years are being replaced.
State elections director Kim Strach and top elections...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board has money on its mind as it hires a new executive to run operations.
The State Board of Elections decided Thursday to pay Karen Brinson...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators were not just sneaky when they took surprise action and cut Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's powers before he took office, they violated the state...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A veteran jurist on North Carolina's appeals courts is returning to private law practice with his age-mandated departure from the bench.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sitting North Carolina legislator has been nominated by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the state Industrial Commission.
Cooper told legislators this week of his choice of...
Well-known Republicans steer clear of disputed US House race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three well-known Republicans are staying out of a North Carolina congressional race that had to be re-run because suspicions of ballot fraud tainted the first try, leaving...
McCrory, McIntyre next UNC politics institute participants
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former Gov. Pat McCrory and ex-U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre will be teaching about politics and leadership starting next month at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The school's student-led Institute of Politics announced Wednesday the Republican McCrory and Democrat McIntyre are serving as institute fellows during the semester. They'll lead not-for-credit seminars and hold weekly office hours.
Ex-North Carolina Gov. McCrory waiting on political future
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he's not quite ready to declare whether his future includes another bid for office.
McCrory said Wednesday on his Charlotte radio program he's going to take his time this year examining whether to run for governor in 2020. He says the U.S. Senate in 2022 is also possible.
The 62-year-old Republican suggested in a 2017 interview he would make a gubernatorial decision after last November's elections, but McCrory says now is too soon.
North Carolina’s top court: Legislators can confirm Cabinet
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court on Friday upheld a law subjecting the governor's choices to run his top agencies to confirmation votes by the state Senate, providing a legal victory to Republican legislators.
North Carolina governor wins again in balance-of-power case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina court has struck down more legislation Republicans approved for their lame-duck governor's signature to erode the powers of an incoming Democrat.
Influential president of Human Rights Campaign stepping down
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chad Griffin, the influential LGBTQ activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization's president.
Griffin's announcement follows a midterm election in which the group invested heavily in Democratic campaigns. The capstone for the organization came this week, when Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., won a close Senate race, becoming the first openly bisexual person elected to the Senate.
Ex-governors form committee, want ads against amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The opposition by North Carolina's five living ex-governors to a pair of constitutional amendments on next month's ballot has expanded to the internet and through a referendum campaign committee.
The "Five Governors Committee" was formed last month to oppose referendums to swing powers over filling judicial vacancies and the state elections board from the executive branch to the General Assembly.
NC governor adds school board pick, sidestepping opponents
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Democratic governor is getting one of his top choices for the statewide school board, sidestepping Republican legislators who blocked the effort.
Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday he appointed J.B. Buxton of Raleigh to the state Board of Education. Cooper had nominated Buxton 16 months ago, but he was rejected by the Republican-dominated General Assembly in June.
The Latest: NC judges weigh if agency heads need approval
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina Supreme Court deciding the constitutionality of a state law allowing legislators to reject a governor's agency heads (all times local):
North Carolina's highest court is deciding whether legislators can claim for themselves the right to reject a governor's choices for top jobs like collecting taxes or registering automobiles.
Anti-amendments group reworks ad after McCrory complaint
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group running television ads opposing constitutional amendments on North Carolina's fall ballots has edited one spot after a former governor complained it misled watchers about his views.
A spokesman for the "Stop Deceptive Amendments" organization said Thursday it's substituted an ad that started airing this week.
Ex-Republican Gov. Pat McCrory demanded the original ad be taken off the air because he said it left the mistaken impression he opposed all six ballot amendments.
Ex-N Carolina Gov. McCrory demanding amendments ad be pulled
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says a television ad opposing constitutional amendments on November ballots is false because it leaves the impression he's against all six referendums.
McCrory signed a letter to broadcasters demanding the ad by the group "Stop Deceptive Amendments" be removed from airwaves, and threatened legal action otherwise. McCrory wrote Tuesday he's a vocal supporter of a crime victims' amendment and backs three other questions.
Amid Dems’ opposition, “Marsy’s Law” group launches campaign
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Backers of a constitutional amendment to expand North Carolina crime victims' rights formally launched their campaign Monday, even as state Democrats oppose its passage despite bipartisan legislative support to put the question on the ballot.
The pro-referendum group called "Marsy's Law for North Carolina" held simultaneous news conferences in state's two largest cities seeking to build support for the amendment.
North Carolina school board appoints new leader
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Education has appointed a new leader as three members step down.
The state's public school policy body voted unanimously Thursday to make Vice Chairman Eric Davis its new chairman. Davis is the former Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board chairman and replaces outgoing Chairman Bill Cobey, who headed the state board for five years.
Judges strike down makeup of 6 state panels as unlawful
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A half-dozen state boards and commissions are unconstitutional because the governor lacks sufficient control over their membership, a judicial panel ruled Friday.
The Latest: Former governor compares activists with Nazis
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the toppling of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (all times local):
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is comparing the protesters who helped topple a statue of a Confederate soldier with Nazis.
Forest statement on toll project points to 2020 governor bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brief words from North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about a toll project have reinforced expectations he will run for governor in 2020.
The Republican released a statement the day after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's transportation secretary described efforts to alter plans for two proposed toll lanes for Interstate 77 north of Charlotte, built and operated by a Spanish company. Some people weren't pleased with the incremental plan.
5 ex-governors seek to be heard on amendment questions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's five former living governors want state judges to hear them on why two constitutional referendums should be removed from this fall's ballots.
Democrats Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and Republicans Jim Martin and Pat McCrory filed a request Tuesday with a three-judge panel asking that their written arguments be considered.
5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's five living former governors delivered an extraordinary rebuke Monday to the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments that lawmakers put on the fall ballot, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved.
The ex-governors — three Democrats and two Republicans — gathered for a rare appearance in the old Capitol, urging voters to defeat the two November ballot questions.
3 N Carolina school board members now resigning next month
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Next month's departures of three State Board of Education members will give Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper the ability to fill vacancies without his replacements having to win formal North Carolina General Assembly approval.
Greg Alcorn was the latest this week to announce his resignation, effective after the September board meeting. Chairman Bill Cobey and member Becky Taylor announced similar resignation decisions last week.
Regulatory boards latest flashpoint in Cooper-GOP struggle
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State commissions that regulate child care, hand out clean-water grants and license private investigators are the latest flashpoint in a power struggle between North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature.
NC court shuns worker fired for political appointees
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court says a former state worker fired to open a job for one of former Gov. Pat McCrory's political appointees can no longer challenge the move.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that state prison health care worker Joe Vincoli lost out because he failed to appeal a 2014 ruling against him within the allowed 30-day window.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prison officials are agreeing to pay a $190,000 penalty for failing to keep track of prescription drugs that had the potential of being diverted to inmates.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the dozens of lapses occurred during the last two years of former Gov. Pat McCrory's administration at the two Raleigh prisons that house separate death rows for men and women.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislators are determined to remove the power from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his successors to appoint members of the state elections and ethics panel, and are seeking to insert that restriction in the North Carolina Constitution.
House Republicans late Friday unveiled a proposed constitutional amendment that would put all appointments for the board under the control of the General Assembly. The amendment would have to be approved by voters.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has a bone to pick with his successor over a dog sculpture.
The Charlotte Observer reports McCrory blames Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for the removal of a metal sculpture of his dog, Moe, from the grounds of the governor's western residence in Asheville.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A panel of North Carolina trial court judges has rejected arguments by a government reform group and local residents that a special session of the General Assembly violated the state constitution.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Four North Carolina voters can pursue their libel lawsuit against allies of former Gov. Pat McCrory and a Virginia law firm that tried to help the Republican politician's unsuccessful effort to disqualify votes and win re-election in 2016, attorneys learned Tuesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit by voters who say they were libeled should be dismissed, according to a law firm and an affiliated group that helped former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory fight a last-ditch but unsuccessful campaign to disqualify votes and win re-election in 2016.
Both sides argued over that question before a judge Wednesday in Raleigh.
Sen. Berger aide Auth taking job at UNC-Chapel Hill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime top aide to North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger is leaving her job to become a lobbyist for the state's flagship university.
Deputy Chief of Staff Amy Auth has been Berger's chief spokeswoman and held other responsibilities since he became Senate president pro tempore in 2011. Auth announced Wednesday she would begin early next month as director of state affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's proposed guidelines for handling public records requests make clear his state agencies cannot charge more when there's extensive work required to comply with a request.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education is resigning because he's now running for his county commission back home.
A.L. "Buddy" Collins of Kernersville wrote Gov. Roy Cooper telling him about his plans to step down no later than April 14. Gov. Pat McCrory initially nominated Collins to the state board in 2013 and he's been vice chairman since.
McCrory, other Republicans baring down on $58M pipeline fund
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Gov. Pat McCrory and other North Carolina Republicans want more answers about an agreement between Democratic successor Roy Cooper and Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders over a $58 million fund.
McCrory has criticized the mitigation fund negotiated between utilities creating the pipeline and Cooper's office. Cooper's administration says the agreement was reached separately from the water permit state regulators issued recently and payments are voluntary.
Environmentalists settle complaint of lax pollution fighting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's environmental agency is revising internal policies after complaints the agency under former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory repeatedly failed to investigate when industrial-scale hog farms violate anti-pollution rules.
The Waterkeeper Alliance and other groups said Tuesday they're settling their complaint with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Ex-North Carolina Gov. McCrory now co-hosting radio show
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is taking an expanded role on Charlotte's airwaves after a radio station manager says his recent daily segments got an "extraordinary" response.
The former Republican governor and WBT radio personality Bo Thompson are now co-hosting a one-hour show weekday mornings. McCrory started doing early-morning spots on Thompson's other program in September, talking about the city's mayoral race and other current events.
Former NC environmental chief accuses Cooper administration of ‘stifling’ his opinions
Weeks after state Department of Environmental Quality officials placed former agency chief Donald van der Vaart on "investigatory leave," he stepped down from the agency Monday, saying officials in Gov. Roy Cooper's administration were trying to "stifle" him.
Ex-McCrory environment chief retires from lesser agency job
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's environment office chief under former Gov. Pat McCrory has retired weeks after the department — now with another administration's leadership — suspended him from a lesser job within the Cabinet agency.
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When someone says they take responsibility for something, say dumping 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River, it usually means they’ll also assume the burden of remedying the situation.
A pair of holdovers from the state Department of Environmental Quality under former Gov. Pat McCrory are on paid "investigatory leave" under the new administration.
Donald van der Vaart, the DEQ secretary for a portion of McCrory's term, and his deputy, John Evans, took demotions at the end of McCrory's term, placing them in non-political jobs and making them harder to fire when Gov. Roy Cooper took office.
Lyles elected as Charlotte mayor; McFarlane wins Raleigh bid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A nearly 30-year veteran of local government was the definitive choice of voters on Tuesday and she will become the first African-American woman to run North Carolina's largest city.
Vi Lyles, Charlotte's mayor pro tem, sent out a Twitter post saying "We are victorious!" With most of the city's 168 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Lyles had 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.
Judge finds 2 workers wrongly fired by Cooper agency
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has determined two workers in North Carolina's government human resources office were wrongly fired from their jobs in the first days of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's administration.
Veto overrides by GOP mark Democratic governor’s 1st year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wrested North Carolina's executive branch from Republicans nearly a year ago, narrowly defeating incumbent Pat McCrory in an election that swung in part on the voters' critique of the state's so-called "bathroom bill" and other GOP policies.
President Donald Trump will return to North Carolina this weekend for a campaign fundraiser.
A $2,700-per-person dinner on Saturday is set for the home of businessman Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, who served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services under former Gov. Pat McCrory.
Wos now serves as vice chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Forest not getting heads-up when Cooper leaves N Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest isn't getting a heads-up from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper when Cooper travels outside North Carolina.
Ex-Gov. McCrory on the air, isn’t closing door to 2020 run
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Almost nine months after leaving office following a narrow defeat, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he's keeping himself busy with work, buying a new home and recently weighing in on the news of the day as a pundit on a Charlotte radio station.