Roy Cooper

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    Public school teachers are turning on Cooper

    Three weeks ago, Gov. Cooper told North Carolinians that he would announce their selection of one of three back-to-school options on July 1. For the most part, teachers were cool with that. The evening before the announcement, Cooper’s press office announced that Cooper would delay his much-anticipated decision. A few…
    Terry Stoops, July 1, 2020
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    Cooper vetoes raises for public school teachers and staff

    Republican elected officials and campaign staff must be ecstatic right now.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have granted raises to public school teachers and staff. The ads will write themselves.    …
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2019
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    Taking care of retired state employees

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell is on his way to cutting $100 million in state pension management fees. He has cut six managers and renegotiated fees producing $25 million in savings so far. Savings like this are important, but amount to a rounding error in the $90-billion state pension fund. As state pension…
    Joseph Coletti, May 9, 2017
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    Campaign dispatch, April 26, 2016

    • Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has produced the first ad for his re-election campaign, and it focuses on his leadership of the opposition to the Charlotte “bathroom” ordinance, which resulted in House Bill 2. • A fascinating op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times by law professors from William & Mary…
    Rick Henderson, April 26, 2016
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    NC trying to decide if it will join appeal of FCC’s muni-broadband ruling

    Tennessee has sued the Federal Communications Commission, saying the regulatory agency overstepped its authority when it voted in February to override state laws placing restrictions on municipal broadband. North Carolina is one of the states that has similar laws. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the AG’s…
    Barry Smith, March 25, 2015
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    American Insights poll shows McCrory approval at 43 percent; he leads Cooper by 6

    A new American Insights poll shows GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a 43 percent job approval rating among registered voters, with 40 percent disapproving. “Our signature survey suggests that North Carolina voters are not as sour on our state’s leaders as previously thought,” said AI Insights Director Pearce…
    Barry Smith, March 4, 2014
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    Roy Cooper email: Let’s talk education

    According to the North Carolina Department of Justice website, the Attorney General is the “state’s top law enforcement officer and top lawyer.”  Apparently those responsibilities not require much time or attention, so Roy Cooper decided to dabble in education policy. A colleague forwarded the following email to me:…
    Terry Stoops, August 27, 2013