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Gov. Cooper: Judges Got It Wrong on Elections Board Ruling

A three-judge panel should strike down in its entirety a law that combines North Carolina state elections and ethics duties into one agency, attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. The Democratic governor’s legal motions came a day after a the panel determined that a state Supreme Court ruling issued in January only required them to throw out a small portion of the law. That provision envisioned an eight-member board — Democrats and four Republicans — that Cooper would appoint from lists provided by party leaders. The provisions of the law the judges decided could remain intact, according to...

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UNC Disputes Claim Folt Preparing Request to Move Silent Sam

A group claiming to be made up of 17 senior faculty members at UNC say they will hold off on an ultimatum issued to university leadership regarding the future of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam. A Twitter account set up claiming to represent the 17 faculty members posted a message at halftime of the Miami-UNC basketball game Tuesday night that they would “stand down for the present” due to a message they say came from the chancellor’s office. The faculty members said they were acting “as a sign of good faith” after they say they received word...

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Governor Cooper Calls HB2 Anniversary ‘Dark’ Day

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of House Bill 2 into law in North Carolina. The law immediately drew criticism from LGBT advocacy organizations and some high-profile businesses. The National Basketball Association, NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference all pulled sporting events out of the Tar Heel state due to the law. HB2 was also a key piece in the gubernatorial campaign between then Governor Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper, who was North Carolina’s Attorney General. Cooper went on to defeat McCrory in the general election, which marked the first time an incumbent seeking a second term had...

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UNC Holds Fourth Clean Tech Summit

A large crowd gathered at the Friday Center Thursday morning for the kickoff of the fourth UNC Clean Tech Summit. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Kevin Guskiewicz said this meeting was an important crossroads in developing the future of North Carolina. “It really brings together, in a very important way, business leaders, scholars and policy makers from across the state for brainstorming sessions, problem solving and relationship building,” Guskiewicz told the crowd. “And this is really critical to what a leading global public research university is about.” UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said developing programs...

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North Carolina Leaders Trade Remarks Over HB2

North Carolina leadership is continuing to battle over the future of House Bill 2. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper wrote in a Medium post on Sunday that, “There is urgency in the air in Raleigh. If we don’t repeal HB2 soon, North Carolina will be shut out of hosting NCAA championships for the next several years.” Cooper’s comments came after Republican House Representative Chuck McGrady introduced a bill last week that would repeal House Bill 2. But the new bill, House Bill 186, drew concerns from advocacy groups and some Democrats over a provision that would allow for local ordinances...

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Gov. Cooper, Democrats Put Forward New Proposal to Repeal House Bill 2

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has put forward another proposal aimed at repealing House Bill 2. “We’re approaching a year under the burden of House Bill 2,” Cooper said at a press conference Tuesday. “But we can’t let this law see its first birthday.” The push to repeal House Bill 2, which advocates maintain is the worst piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation, has been renewed recently. A letter to state lawmakers said that North Carolina was at risk of losing NCAA championship events through the spring of 2022 if the law was not repealed before those decisions...

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David Price Rebukes North Carolina General Assembly Special Session: ‘American Democracy May Be More Fragile Than We Realized’

As Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly continue forward with a slew of proposals in a special session that would strip levels of authority from incoming Governor-elect Roy Cooper, North Carolina Fourth District Congressman David Price is joining calls against the legislature. Price issued a statement on Thursday morning saying, “”In my political lifetime, I have never seen anything that matches the proposals put forward overnight by Republicans in the General Assembly. I say this as a former professor of political science, an elected representative, and a leader of the U.S. Congress’s efforts to strengthen parliamentary institutions around...

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NC Governor Race: Cooper’s Lead Growing, Durham County Appeal to State Board Set for Wednesday

Three weeks after Election Day, the race for Governor in North Carolina appears to solidifying for Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. With more counties beginning to certify results, Cooper’s lead has only grown from early Wednesday morning following Election Day, when Cooper first declared victory. The outcome of the election has been in limbo as Republican incumbent Governor Pat McCrory has challenged votes in more than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties; the majority of those challenges have now been dismissed by Republican-led county Board of Elections. The state Board of Elections issued an order Monday night advising counties to...

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Contentious North Carolina Gubernatorial Race Headed for December Finish

Tuesday was an eventful day in the race for the Executive Mansion in the Tar Heel state, even though it marked two weeks since Election Day. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has declared victory in the gubernatorial race twice and is up by several thousand votes, but incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory has yet to concede and has challenged voting results in more than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties. While Cooper holds a lead, the margin has remained within 10,000 votes, which allows for McCrory to ask for a recount. The state Board of Elections met on Tuesday...

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No Clear Winner in Race for North Carolina Governor

The morning after Election Day, the North Carolina gubernatorial race is still too close to call. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is leading incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory by 5,001 votes with more than 4.5 million votes cast. Libertarian Lon Cecil received more than 100,000 votes, according to the State Board of Elections. Longtime attorney Gerry Cohen said the possibility of a recount is still very much in play in the governor’s race and other close Council of State races. Cohen said that the provisional ballots will now be tallied by the county Boards of Elections before certifying the...

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