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Medicaid, Budget Fight Test NC Governor's Clout

Jul 28, 2019

RALEIGH — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans when they held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job. They could usually ignore his objections about their conservative agenda and override his vetoes.


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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the state budget approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Cooper called the budget "an astonishing failure of common sense and common decency."


North Carolina Republican leaders failed on Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation that would have created a new crime against doctors and nurses who fail to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.

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An estimated 56,000 state employees will now be able to take paid parental leave. Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday granting eight weeks of paid leave to state employees who give birth and four weeks to other parents taking care of a newborn, adopted or foster child.

Cooper Calls Attention To Aging North Carolina Schools

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for more money to renovate the state's aging public schools during his State of the State address on Feb. 25.

"Right now, four in 10 public schools in our state are at least 50 years old," Cooper said. "That means they're still using the schools you and I went to."

Promoting what he calls North Carolina's "chance for a bold future," Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday formally unveiled his budget proposal, which includes expanding Medicaid, raising teacher pay, borrowing for school buildings and helping revive rural communities.

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Speaking to a legislature and electorate now more favorable to his party, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday pressed lawmakers to better fund public education, expand Medicaid and help rural North Carolina through more broadband access and Hurricane Florence aid.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said now is the time to expand Medicaid coverage. North Carolina is one of 14 states that hasn’t yet expanded government health benefits for the poor and disabled. More than 2 million people are already covered by the state’s Medicaid program and Cooper estimates with expansion, an additional 500,000 people could get coverage. 

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Democratic Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday rescinded his appointment of Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield to the state’s Human Relations Commission, after Republicans criticized her appointment.

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The first half of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's term was confrontational even before it began, as Republican legislators rammed through laws swiping away some of his powers even before he got sworn in. He sued over those laws, issued a record number of vetoes — most of them overridden — and exchanged sharp rejoinders with the GOP.

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North Carolina lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that Cooper said would shroud campaign finance investigations in secrecy.

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AvidXchange is expanding its headquarters in Charlotte while adding 1,229 jobs and investing $41 million into Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Governor Roy Cooper said he will veto a wide-ranging elections bill that both restores the governor’s control of the state elections board and restricts public information regarding campaign finance investigations, among other things.

Winds from Florence sent a tree crashing down on Nichole Sanchez's rental home on the night of Sept 14.
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North Carolina homeowners and businesses who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence now have more time to request federal aid. 

Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday following his request the deadline to apply for FEMA grants or low-interest small business loans has been extended to December 19th. 

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In the past three weeks, state legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan have moved to strip power from incoming Democratic governors. The tactics, while themselves different, follow the efforts of North Carolina Republicans in 2016 to limit the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Era Polymers

Australian plastics manufacturer Era Polymer Corporation plans to open its first U.S. industrial facility in Gaston County, creating 20 new jobs in the area and promising to invest $9.2 million in the town of Stanley.

Gov. Roy Cooper spoke in Cary just before signing an executive order to fight climate change.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order to fight climate change that sets new goals for reducing the use of fossil fuels and promoting environmentally friendly policies in state government Monday.

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North Carolina community colleges have received $1.8 million in federal funding from a program geared to help complete their coursework and training, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a visit to Carteret Community College in Morehead City Tuesday.

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A three-judge panel has agreed to delay enforcing its entire ruling that strikes down several parts of the state's election administration law until Dec. 3. 

Monica McGee translates Gov. Roy Cooper's remarks during a Hurricane Florence press conference.

When a hurricane or other major disaster hits North Carolina, the governor is typically the face of the state’s response. The person next to him at press conferences might be a close second.