For the first time Governor Roy Cooper stood before a joint session of the legislature to deliver his state of the state address.
It was a chance for Cooper to push his priorities. But given the tone of the official Republican response, that's a tall order.
Every two years North Carolina's governor is invited to give the state of the state address. And here is how Governor Roy Cooper sees it: "I want to begin by reporting to you that the state of our state is promising."
It's an interesting choice, which needed some explanation.