Tag Archives: Roy Cooper

DURHAM: Cops Ponder Charges For Toppling Statue

ABC News reports: Protesters who pulled down a Confederate statue in North Carolina in an apparent response to violence over the weekend in neighboring Virginia may be charged with vandalism, authorities said. A video showing protesters pulling down the statue in downtown Durham, North Carolina, went viral Monday. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews referred to the action Tuesday as “civil ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Roy Cooper Promises Executive Order On LGBT Rights, Local Hate Group Screams

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday morning he will soon announce an executive order addressing protections for the LGBT community. The Democratic governor made the remark to a sympathetic audience in Washington, D.C., where he said he would also continue to fight against discrimination and push for voting rights and education funding. “My goal is ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Roy Cooper Signs “Fake” HB2 Repeal Despite Veto Calls From ACLU, LGBT Groups

The Charlotte Observer reports: The General Assembly on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals House Bill 2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the measure into law. The Democratic governor negotiated the compromise with the Republican leaders of the legislature, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger. “It was a very ...

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BREAKING: NC House Approves “Compromise” HB2 Repeal, Bill Now Goes To Dem Gov. Roy Cooper

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: The General Assembly on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals House Bill 2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature. Opposition and support for the bill did not fall along party lines in the 32-16 Senate vote. Several Triangle Democrats banded together ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: LGBT Activists Loudly Object To Compromise HB2 Repeal That Could Happen Today

The Charlotte Observer reports: North Carolina lawmakers could repeal House Bill 2 on Thursday under a deal struck late Wednesday night by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders. Senate leader Phil Berger announced the deal shortly after 10:30 p.m. The announcement capped days of marathon, often contentious negotiations and closed-door meetings. Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore took ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper Lays Out HB2 Repeal Plan In Op-Ed For Charlotte Observer

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper writes for the Charlotte Observer: North Carolinians are tired of hearing about this. As I travel across the state, people from Murphy to Manteo tell me that they want their elected officials to come together to solve this problem before HB2 does even more damage. We came close to repealing it in December. The Republican ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Cooper Sworn In As McCrory Blames Media And HB2 For His Loss [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took his oath of office minutes after midnight Sunday morning, getting an early start on his duties amid bitter partisan politics in the state but saying he believed there is a way forward. Joined by a small group of family, friends and colleagues, the Democrat was sworn inside the old House ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Gov-Elect Wins Temporary Reprieve From GOP Law Stripping Some Of His Powers

The Associated Press reports: A North Carolina judge is temporarily blocking a new Republican-backed law that strips the incoming Democratic governor of his control over election boards just before he takes office. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens ruled Friday that the risk to free and fair elections justified stopping the law from taking effect this weekend until it ...

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Seth Meyers Blasts Head Of North Carolina GOP Over Power Grab From Incoming Dem Governor [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Like many protesters, Seth Meyers isn’t okay with North Carolina Republicans’ attempts to take power from Democratic governor-elect Roy Cooper. “That’s like losing a bet,” the Late Night host said in the NSFW clip, “and paying with Monopoly money.” Meyers addressed the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party, Dallas Woodhouse and his defense of the ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Calls For Special Session To Repeal Anti-LGBT Hate Law [VIDEO]

The Charlotte Observer reports: Following a surprise move by Charlotte City Council on Monday, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has called for a special session Wednesday to consider repeal of House Bill 2. The governor’s statement came in a series of rapidly unfolding events that could signal an end to the nine-month drama that has catapulted North Carolina into national headlines. ...

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LGBT Groups Condemn Repeal Of Charlotte Rights Ordinance, Demand Full Repeal Of Statewide Hate Law

From a joint statement issued this afternoon by the ACLU and Lambda Legal: “H.B. 2 was an unprecedented attack on the LGBT community, in particular against transgender people, and we are encouraged that its days are numbered,” said Sarah Gillooly, Policy Director for the ACLU of North Carolina. “It is imperative that the General Assembly hold up their end of ...

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Pat McCrory: Charlotte’s LGBT Rights Repeal Proves The Issue Was Invented To Cost Me My Governorship

Via press release: “Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists,” said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary. “This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics ...

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BREAKING: Charlotte Repeals LGBT Rights Ordinance, State Lawmakers To Repeal Hate Law Tomorrow

The vote was 10-0. Charlotte’s CBS affiliate reports: The Charlotte City Council has voted to repeal its controversial non-discrimination ordinance, commonly known as the ‘bathroom’ ordinance. The ordinance was pushed through the council in early 2016, just months into Mayor Jennifer Roberts’ tenure, and required businesses to allow people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. In response, ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Chaos At State House As Police Arrest Protesters Furious At GOP Power Grab [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Amid a tense and dramatic backdrop of outrage and frustration, the Republican-controlled state legislature on Friday approved a sweeping package of restrictions on the power of the governor’s office in advance of the swearing in of the Democratic governor-elect, Roy Cooper. Protesters spent a second day chanting and disrupting debate. Some were arrested and led ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Pat McCrory Signs Bill To Screw Over Incoming Democratic Governor-Elect Roy Cooper

The Huffington Post reports: Current North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has signed one of two bills that would drastically reduce the powers of his successor, incoming Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper. House Bill 17 and Senate Bill 4 were introduced by Republican lawmakers in the state legislature on Wednesday. Both bills passed in their respective chambers the following day by ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Lawmakers Rush Out New Bills To Reduce Power Of Incoming Democratic Governor

Talking Points Memo reports: In a surprise extra special session on Wednesday called with just hours notice, the Republican-led North Carolina state legislature introduced measures that would reduce the power of the incoming Democratic governor. Legislators had convened to address disaster relief, but when the session called by lame duck Gov. Pat McCrory ended on Wednesday, the General Assembly quickly ...

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BREAKING: Pat McCrory CONCEDES Election [VIDEO]

FINALLY. Raleigh’s CBS affiliate reports: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded to Attorney General Roy Cooper in the state’s gubernatorial race. McCrory released a video Monday where he congratulated Roy Cooper in his win. “I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCrory says in the video. “And we now should do everything we can to ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Demands Criminal Investigation Into Alleged “Voting Irregularities”

Talking Points Memo reports: Still trailing nearly a month after Election Day in his drawn-out bid for re-election, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) over the weekend asked the State Bureau of Investigations to launch a criminal probe into GOP claims of “voting irregularities” that are at the center of McCrory’s effort to close the vote gap with his Democratic ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Durham County Begins Recount

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Durham County will begin recounting ballots on Saturday afternoon, moving the date from Sunday to comply with an order from state elections officials to complete the task by Monday night. The Durham County Board of Elections scheduled an emergency meeting for 11 a.m. Saturday and planned to begin the recount at 1 p.m. After ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: NAACP Promises Massive Protests If State Lawmakers Interfere With Election Results

The Winston-Salem Chronicle reports: If state lawmakers insert themselves into deciding North Carolina’s next governor, or changing the state Supreme Court to nullify Justice-elect Mike Morgan’s victory, there will be mass demonstrations and civil disobedience, promises N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II. “We believe either attempting to stack the Supreme Court or deciding the governor’s race in the ...

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