Cooper Vetoes Bill To Let NC Bars Serve Patrons Again

Jun 5, 2020
Roy Cooper
N.C. Department of Public Safety

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation that would have let North Carolina standalone bars serve patrons again in contradiction to his executive order that's aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19.

RNC Votes To Conduct Only Official Convention Business In Charlotte

Jun 4, 2020
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RALEIGH — President Donald Trump won't accept his party's nomination in North Carolina, but the Republican National Committee confirmed Thursday that it would still hold meetings in Charlotte.

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The city of Nashville, Tennessee  -- a possible site for a relocated Republican National Convention -- doesn’t plan to pursue all or parts of the event, according to the mayor’s office.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper eased restrictions last month to allow most businesses to reopen, but churches could only hold indoor gatherings of at most 10 people. This was how he explained his reasoning: “We know that inside it is much more likely that you’re going to transmit this virus, particularly when you’re sitting or standing in one place for a long period of time.”

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The Republican National Committee wants Gov. Roy Cooper's assurance by Wednesday that a "full convention" can take place in Charlotte this summer. It's the latest in an ongoing back-and-forth between the Democratic governor and officials organizing the Republican National Convention that's set to start Aug. 24 at the Spectrum Center.

Trump, Cooper Speak About GOP Convention Details

May 30, 2020
Roy Cooper
NC Department of Safety

RALEIGH — President Donald Trump and North Carolina's governor disagreed on Friday over the viability of a full-fledged Republican National Convention, the governor's office said, as Trump does not want to see signs of the pandemic in his renomination audience.

Mandy Cohen
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen responded to the GOP on Friday morning about its plans for the Republican National Convention, asking party leaders for more information about how they plan to hold the event safely in Charlotte.

NC Gov. Cooper: RNC Hasn't Submitted Safety Plan

May 28, 2020
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina's governor said Thursday that his administration hasn't received the written safety plan for the upcoming Republican National Convention requested by his health secretary in response to President Donald Trump's demands for a full-scale event.

NC Legislature OKs Bill Overturning Cooper Order On Bars

May 28, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators voted on Thursday to essentially overturn Gov. Roy Cooper's order keeping bars closed due to COVID-19, deciding that serving customers outside for an economic punch was worth any additional risk of congregating.

Bill Seeks Easier NC Ballot Access In Fall During Pandemic

May 27, 2020
Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

RALEIGH — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges.

Head Of NC Unemployment Office Replaced By Ex-Legislator

May 27, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper replaced the head of the state unemployment benefits office on Wednesday with a former legislator as the agency struggles to address an unprecedented onslaught of pandemic-related job loss claims.

US Closes Probes Into 3 Senators Over Their Stock Trades; Burr Investigation Continues

May 26, 2020
Richard Burr
Sen. Richard Burr / Facebook

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.

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The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, and Georgia's governor tweeted on Tuesday that their states "would be honored" to host the Republican National Convention if it leaves Charlotte. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, meanwhile, said he's looking forward to "continued talks" about COVID-19 safety with RNC organizers after President Trump tweeted that the convention could be moved to another state.   

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President Trump tweeted Monday morning that unless North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper guarantees that the GOP can "fully occupy" the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, the GOP will be "reluctantly forced" to find another home for the Republican National Convention.

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A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the North Carolina House has filed a bill that would make it easier for North Carolina residents to vote by mail in the 2020 election.

Mandy Cohen
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina’s Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen says the Republican National Committee should “hope for the best, but plan for the worst” when it comes to having its convention in Charlotte in August. 

Cal Cunningham and Thom Tillis campaigns; Gage Skidmore

Responding to the coronavirus has been rough on state budgets. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'd be in favor of changing the law to allow states to declare bankruptcy. In response, Democrat Cal Cunningham, who's challenging incumbent Republican Thom Tillis in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, tweeted, "McConnell said he wanted states to go bankrupt instead of the federal government providing relief. Today, Thom Tillis agreed."

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Charlotte will host not one but two gatherings of national Republicans this August.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.

The North Carolina legislature is resuming its annual session two weeks after meeting to approve a $1.6 billion package that distributed COVID-19 funds from Washington.

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President Trump said in an interview Thursday that he will have to be careful about holding the Republican National Convention in Charlotte because the state has a "Democrat governor" whom the president accused of "playing politics" with reopening.