Gov. Pat McCrory

Young lawyer employed by N.C. House Speaker appointed district court judge

BY: - December 13, 2016

While the N.C. General Assembly was beginning its special session Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory announced a surprise appointment: Justin Brackett, a 29-year-old lawyer who passed the bar in 2012, works for the law office of N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore. Brackett just lost a very close election for one of North Carolina District Court Judge […]

McCrory to ask for $200 million in special session for emergency relief

BY: - December 12, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory will request approximately $200 million in tomorrow’s special legislative session to help affected North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Matthew and wildfires, but it hasn’t been made clear what that figure is based on. McCrory’s Office did not respond Monday to a request seeking information about which localities have requested emergency funding or […]

Council of State members urge McCrory to keep special session to recovery topic

BY: - December 9, 2016

Council of State members are urging Gov. Pat McCrory to limit the purposes a special legislative session next week to aiding the recovery from the Hurricane Matthew and the western North Carolina wildfires only. Robert Stephens, general counsel to the Governor’s Office, sent an email to Council of State members Thursday asking for their advice […]

State health plan to cover gender transition treatment, surgery

BY: - December 9, 2016

Starting next year, the health plan for teachers and other state employees will offer coverage of medically necessary treatment and surgery related to gender transition. The incoming state treasurer, Republican Dale Folwell, isn’t happy about it. But as the Madison Iszler from the News & Observer reports, the state doesn’t have much choice (for now). […]

Gubernatorial race post-mortems

BY: - December 7, 2016

The N.C. gubernatorial race finally came to an end this week – and the speculation as to how Pat McCrory became the only incumbent governor in the state to lose a re-election bid has been swirling ever since. In a piece for WRAL, Cullen Browder runs down the various factors – from HB2 and toll road […]

Trump transition team notes McCrory’s experience with ‘education, job creation and energy modernization’

BY: - December 7, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory arrived at the Trump Tower in New York City just after 10 a.m. today to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. In press briefing shortly after, Trump’s transition team said there was a very good rapport between the two, but gave no indication about what was on the agenda or what position McCrory could […]

Reports: Pat McCrory to meet with Donald Trump Wednesday

BY: - December 6, 2016

Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory will meet Wednesday in New York with President-elect Donald Trump, only 48 hours after conceding the gubernatorial election to Roy Cooper. Trump transition aide Sean Spicer told reporters that McCrory will meet with the president-elect in New York on Wednesday following Trump attending a transition fundraising breakfast, according to The Hill. There were […]

Civitas withdraws request to halt election count, moves forward with federal lawsuit

BY: - December 6, 2016

The Civitas Institute has withdrawn its request to halt an official election count until same-day registration votes went through a mail verification process. “Our decision to drop the request for the temporary injunction avoids any continued disruption to the conclusion of the election, given the political realities,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “It is important to focus on […]

Gov. McCrory concedes election in video message

BY: - December 5, 2016

After nearly a month of contesting the results of the Nov. 8 election, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Attorney General Roy Cooper in a video message Monday. The concession begins at about the 38 second mark. “I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCrory said in the video. “And we now […]

GOP election official not wild about being smeared by GOP

BY: - December 2, 2016

One of the most surreal parts about covering Wednesday’s meeting of  the State Board of Elections was watching the board order, in a 3-2 party-line vote, a partial recount in Durham despite the board’s admission they had no evidence of impropriety and didn’t expect the recount to change the results. Why do the recount, then? […]

The gubernatorial race that would not die: A primer

BY: - December 1, 2016

More than three weeks after election day, the N.C. gubernatorial race is still not officially over. Like a great, lumbering beast full of spears it just trudges painfully on, refusing to fall. The whole thing got a bit more complicated this week, so even if you’ve been paying fairly close attention you might be confused […]

State Board of Elections orders partial recount in Durham

BY: - November 30, 2016

The State Board of elections Wednesday ordered a partial recount of ballots cast in Durham County in the Nov. 8 election. The board voted 3-2 along party lines to recount more than 90,000 votes reported late on the night of the election because of a software problem. The recount order comes as Gov. Pat McCrory, […]