State Treasurer Dale Folwell

Jessica Holmes and Roy Cooper

Governor Cooper makes history with appointment of new state auditor

BY: - December 1, 2023

Governor Roy Cooper tapped a familiar figure in Wake County political circles Thursday to complete the remainder of Beth Wood’s term as state auditor. Cooper selected attorney Jessica Holmes who currently serves as Deputy Industrial Commissioner and was the former chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “Jessica understands how government can be a […]

State Treasurer Dale Folwell

NC Treasurer criticizes GOP legislators budget provision allowing public records to be sold, destroyed

BY: - October 11, 2023

State Treasurer Dale Folwell said efforts by the Republican-controlled General Assembly to restrict access to important public records reduces confidence in all levels of government. Folwell, a Republican who is running for governor in 2024, addressed the controversial budget provision Tuesday in an open conversation with members of the media. Last month, when legislative leaders […]

Hann Henson

“Where is there to go?” He needs gender-affirming surgery, but NC is fighting to deny coverage.

BY: - September 14, 2023

This story was originally published by Pro Publica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the spring of 2022, Hann Henson accepted a job as a communications specialist for a North Carolina school district. Not long after his insurance kicked […]

Registered nurses rally outside Mission Hospital in Asheville.

Some states back hospital mergers despite record of service cuts, price hikes

BY: - September 7, 2023

Some illnesses and injuries — say, a broken ankle — can send you to numerous health care providers. You might start at urgent care but end up in the emergency room. Referred to an orthopedist, you might eventually land in an outpatient surgery center. Four different stops on your road to recovery. But as supersized […]

The North Carolina Education Building

State Board of Education wants to use purse strings to regulate charters

BY: - September 6, 2023

The State Board of Education could use its financial power to control charter school approvals, according to a new policy the board is considering. The proposed policy is a response to the Republican-led General Assembly’s recently approval of House Bill 618. The legislation, now law, established a Charter School Review Board and handed it most of the state […]

Duke University Law professor Sara Sternberg Greene and state Treasurer Dale Folwell

Researchers, state Treasurer highlight plight of NC residents with medical debt

BY: - August 22, 2023

Each month, Donna Lindabury pays $35 on a hospital bill for her husband, Gary’s, 2009 quadruple bypass surgery.  The Lindaburys knew Gary was gravely ill when he was airlifted from a hospital in Boone to Charlotte 14 years ago. They also knew they could not afford a big medical bill. Gary wasn’t working and Donna […]

Gold bar as currency

NC House Republicans want state savings held as gold bullion

BY: - June 13, 2023

North Carolina House Republicans want the state to use some of its savings to buy gold bullion and bury it in Texas.  A group of House Republicans filed a bill in mid-April that would have the state use $2 billion from its savings reserve to buy gold bullion. The bill sat idle in the House […]

New poll offers insight into opinions on gubernatorial candidates, issues for next governor

BY: - June 6, 2023

A new High Point University Poll offers insight into North Carolina residents’ views on candidates in the coming race for governor as well as the issues most important for the state’s next chief executive. In the poll, released Monday, respondents gave Governor Roy Cooper a 49 percent approval rating – more than ten points higher […]

NC Treasurer takes shot at Mandy Cohen as Biden administration eyes her for head of CDC

BY: - June 2, 2023

When news broke Thursday President Joe Biden plans to tap Dr. Mandy Cohen to lead the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Republican gubernatorial candidate wasted no time in attempting to capitalize on it. State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who announced his run for governor in March, took the first shot at the state’s […]

Mark Walker talks to a woman with her back turned at the North Carolina General Assembly

As Mark Walker enters GOP primary race for governor, a party weighs statewide appeal

BY: - May 19, 2023

When former Congressman Mark Walker takes the stage Saturday at the Triad Baptist Christian Academy in Kernersville, he’ll be mounting an uphill battle for the Republican nomination for governor. For Walker, it’s a familiar battlefield. In 2014 Walker, then a politically unknown Baptist pastor from Greensboro, entered a crowded, bare-knuckle scrum of a GOP primary […]