Gov. Roy Cooper

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    Will Gov. Cooper & Lt. Gov. Robinson Agree On Anything?

    Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican Mark Robinson have begun work as North Carolina’s two highest-level leaders. But the two men hold very different views of the world, as evidenced by the remarks each made when sworn into office. That will make for a fascinating four years of competing visions and…
    Donna Martinez, January 13, 2021
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    NC bars and taverns struggle to stay afloat

    Among the North Carolina businesses hardest hit by Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 shutdowns are bars, taverns, and distillers. Very few customers means very little — if any — revenue to pay the bills and the employees. For some, it’s the end of the line. Others are suing to…
    Donna Martinez, January 11, 2021
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    North Carolina Must Rein In Governor’s Emergency Powers

    Gov. Roy Cooper has taken long-term control of the movements and actions of more than 10 million North Carolinians through the state’s Emergency Management Act. His long-term use of the act during COVID-19 has spurred big concerns over the restrictions on liberty, Cooper’s interpretation of the act, and the…
    Donna Martinez, December 17, 2020
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    Not tired of winning

    North Carolina voters once again gave Republican/conservative legislators a thumbs up, returning them to majorities in both the North Carolina House and Senate. Come January, legislative leaders will be working – again – with a Democrat/progressive governor in Roy Cooper, whom voters also endorsed. What does that mean for…
    Donna Martinez, December 15, 2020
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    10,000 U.S. Restaurants Have Closed Since September

    The only way to describe this is ‘catastrophe.’ Around 10,000 restaurants have closed — just since September. Some will never open again. Others don’t know what’s ahead, as CBS reports. Restaurants are struggling with high levels of uncertainty, ranging from a decline in customer demand to local COVID-19 restrictions,…
    Donna Martinez, December 9, 2020
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    Candidate Question: How would you grade Governor Roy Cooper’s response to the pandemic (A-F)? 

    We’d give the Governor a D. He responded as many governors did at first with a blanket shut down. He faced severe backlash from both sides regarding the speed with which he reopened. He has not been transparent with COVID related data. He was arbitrary in which businesses he allowed…
    Jordan Roberts, October 27, 2020
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    Breaking Down the Judge’s Ruling In Lt. Gov. Forest’s Lawsuit Against Gov. Cooper

    So what exactly did the judge rule this week in Forest v. Cooper? Is it the end of the line for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper’s use of COVID-19 executive orders? Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, responds to the judge’s ruling against…
    Donna Martinez, August 12, 2020
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    Governor Cooper, Don’t Ignore These Questions

    Many things have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread across the country in early 2020. One major change North Carolina has seen is in the way reporters in the state can ask questions to the Cooper administration. The change from in-person press conferences to online briefings has had…
    Brenee Goforth, August 11, 2020