Governor Roy Cooper

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Biden celebrates North Carolina’s expansion of Medicaid, calls for strengthening the ACA

BY: - December 1, 2023

As has been widely reported, today — December 1 — is the day North Carolina becomes the 40th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 adults who lacked health insurance yesterday, now have it. And if officials, providers, and nonprofits do an effective job of outreach and enrollment, another 300,000 could […]

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Gov. Cooper sues over a new law that strips governors of state elections board appointments

BY: - October 18, 2023

Gov. Roy Cooper is suing Republican legislative leaders over a new law that takes away his ability to appoint members of the state Board of Elections.  This is the second lawsuit Cooper has filed over new laws. He’s challenging a separate bill that reduces a governor’s appointments to state boards and commissions.  The lawsuit filed […]

Gov. Cooper signs disaster declaration for Dortches following tornado

BY: - August 2, 2023

Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration Tuesday for Dortches, a small Nash County town that sustained severe damage from a catastrophic tornado. On July 19, Dortches was hit by an EF-3 tornado, with winds of 150 mph. The tornado was 600 yards  — or about six football fields — wide. The storm also […]

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Research, gubernatorial letter highlight struggles of childcare industry, workers

BY: - June 14, 2023

Research indicates that the early childhood education sphere is still feeling the effects of the pandemic in North Carolina.

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Governor’s commission suggests expanding, diversifying UNC Board of Governors

BY: - June 13, 2023

The UNC Board of Governors would expand and diversify under a draft proposal released Monday by the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina. But with resistance from the General Assembly’s Republican majority, those changes are unlikely to be adopted anytime soon. “We have built the most amazing public university system […]

Gov. Cooper asks for 23% increase in DEQ budget to help cash-strapped agency

BY: - March 16, 2023

The NC Department of Environmental Quality is the Oliver Twist of state government, approaching the legislature, its empty bowl extended, and pleading: “Please sir, I want some more.” Over the past 10 years state lawmakers have been notoriously stingy in its appropriations to the department. They have flaunted their distaste of environmental regulation, not only […]

HPU Poll looks at favorability for governor, presidential candidates

BY: - March 8, 2023

The results of the latest High Point University Poll, released Wednesday, give some insight into how North Carolinians view everything from the job being done by Gov. Roy Cooper and President Joe Biden to the name recognition of potential candidates to replace them both in office. Cooper continued to have the strongest support of any […]

“An inherent conflict of interests”: Governors’ commission members talk lobbyists, diversity in UNC System governance

BY: - March 2, 2023

This week members of the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina continued their series of listening sessions, meeting to hear from the public in Asheville. At their Tuesday meeting, the second of six planned sessions, members took on questions of diversity on the board and the thorny issue of whether […]

A look at the members of the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities

BY: - February 21, 2023

  Today in Wilmington the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina will hold the first of six public forums. The stated mission of the listening sessions: “to seek ideas and suggestions on how to enhance and refresh the governance structure of our public universities.” The commission’s overall mission is to […]

Plagued by construction delays, ReBuild NC has spent $10.6 million to house Hurricane Matthew survivors in motels, rent storage units

BY: - July 29, 2022

This story has been corrected to reflect the first TRA payment was in August 2019, not January 2020. ReBuild NC has spent $10.64 million on motels, moving and storage unit expenses in three years for displaced Hurricane Matthew survivors, as construction and administrative delays have kept people from returning to their homes. The figures were […]

Legislative subcommittee to investigate ReBuild NC’s mismanagement of Hurricane Matthew recovery program

BY: - July 20, 2022

  A 12-member legislative subcommittee will investigate the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency’s handling of a Hurricane Matthew disaster relief program that has left thousands of people displaced, living in motels, with relatives, or in dilapidated houses for years. NCORR is familiarly known as ReBuild NC. This week House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate […]

NC Governor tests positive for COVID, symptoms mild

BY: - June 20, 2022

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing very mild symptoms. The 65-year-old Cooper is vaccinated against the virus and has received two booster shots. He has also begun a course of Paxlovid, an oral antiviral pill. “I’m feeling fine,” said Governor Cooper in a […]