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Pat McCrory, North Carolina, GOP

Broadcast News Ignores North Carolina GOP’s Unprecedented Power Grab

Broadcast news has completely ignored an unprecedented move by North Carolina Republicans to limit the power of the state’s incoming Democratic governor. A series of measures put forth by the Republican-controlled legislature have been criticized as a way to subvert the will of the voters

December 16, 2016
Roy Cooper, North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans Try To Strip Powers From Democratic Governor-Elect

North Carolina lawmakers began debating a bill to require Senate confirmation for cabinet appointments, reduce by 1,200 the number of state employees the governor can hire, and eliminate the governor’s power to pick university trustees.

December 15, 2016
Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate North Carolina Voting Limits

The court, divided in part 4-4, rejected a request made by Republican Governor Pat McCrory after an appeals court ruled last month that the 2013 law discriminates against minority voters. Five votes are needed for an emergency request to be granted.

August 31, 2016

Cartoon: The Transgendered Police

Think you can flout the law in North Carolina?!

May 11, 2016

This Week In Crazy: ‘May God Have Mercy On Our Nation’

We are gathered here today not to mourn the death but to puzzle over the life of the Grand Old Party, laid to rest this week when a tangerine-toupeed interloper from the Big City stole the nomination from a host of social conservatives.

May 6, 2016
Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Refuses To Defend State From HB-2 Lawsuits

The announcement came a day after two civil rights groups and three individuals sued the state for violating their constitutional rights.

March 29, 2016

A Separate Peace: GOP Governors And The Medicaid Expansion

Some GOP governors are trying to expand Medicaid — without enraging their right-wing bases.

February 18, 2015

Appalachia Gathers Dissent To Gas Pipeline Bound For Eastern North Carolina

Is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline a sorely needed job creator, or a disaster waiting to happen?

November 13, 2014
Americans for Prosperity, Duke Energy, GM, Koch brothers, Pat McCrory, Toyota

Meet The American Oligarchy: The Koch Brothers

If the Koch Brothers were Russians, we’d call them oligarchs: grasping barbarians exercising crude political power.

March 26, 2014

Duke Energy Cited For Illegally Pumping Coal-Ash Water Into Cape Fear River

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy’s pumping of two coal-ash ponds for maintenance work at its Chatham County plant — discovered last week by environmentalists and regulators — illegally put 61 million gallons of wastewater into the Cape Fear River over the past several months. The N.C. Department […]

March 21, 2014

After Comment To North Carolina Governor, Food Store Cook Is Fired

By Steve Harrison, The Charlotte Observer CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An employee at a gourmet food store was fired after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s security detail complained Sunday about a comment the worker made to the governor. On Sunday afternoon, McCrory was shopping at Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, a 45-year-old cook, said he […]

February 18, 2014