Pat McCrory

Atty. General Says He'll Challenge Gov. McCrory

Oct 6, 2013

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told Democratic Party activists Saturday he’ll run for governor in three years.  Appearing Saturday at the Democrats’ Western Gala in Asheville, Cooper said it's too early to make a formal announcement, but he’s ready to challenge first-term Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

Standardized testing is nothing new in schools, but over the last several years the amount of it has significantly increased as the push for accountability has picked up. 

The state of North Carolina now administers 49 exams to students.  Some people in high positions have joined the backlash against all this testing and now the state is looking at ways to ease up a bit. 

McCrory's Fond Of 'Stepping On Toes'

Sep 11, 2013

If you pay attention to media coverage – you may have noticed our governor is fond of the cliché “stepping on toes.”  In fact,  he uses it in a commercial that started airing this week – twice:

Michael Tomsic

A group with close ties to Governor Pat McCrory is spending six figures on TV ads supporting the governor's agenda. The ads will start airing Tuesday in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro.

The ad presents Governor Pat McCrory as a guy having a casual chat with a big group of people at a house.

Lisa Miller

Governor Pat McCrory wants to make sure all teachers currently enrolled in master’s programs qualify for the ten percent automatic pay raise that, up until now, has come with the degree.  State lawmakers eliminated the pay bump for advanced degrees this year. Right now teachers have to receive their masters by April 1 to qualify for the higher pay.  McCrory urged the school board to help extend the cutoff date. 

­­With the special legislative session to consider overriding Governor Pat McCrory’s vetoes, the final actions of this year’s “long session” of the NC General Assembly is coming to close. 

And with the dust settling from the legislative actions, it’s worth taking stock of the reaction of public opinion toward the chief executive, especially in comparison to his predecessor.

Pride festival brings a crowd to uptown Charlotte

Aug 25, 2013

As many as 55,000 people were expected in town this weekend for the annual Charlotte Pride festival.  The festival started Saturday along Tryon Street in downtown Charlotte, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Activities continue today from noon to 6 o’clock along South Tryon Street.  The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade starts at 1 o’clock on North Tryon Street. It’s the first gay pride parade in Charlotte in 19 years. Find out more at

McCrory Turns To Public For Help With Vetoes

Aug 16, 2013

As North Carolina lawmakers mull whether to override Governor Pat McCrory's first two vetoes in office, he is hoping you'll pick up the phone and help him out. 

Governor McCrory Signs Voter Photo ID Bill Into Law

Aug 12, 2013
Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory signed the sweeping Voter Photo ID bill into law Monday. Starting in 2016, most state residents will be required to bring a photo ID with them to the polls. It also makes other changes to the voting process – including getting rid of automatic straight-party voting. 

LYNX Blue Line Headed North

Jul 18, 2013
Julie Rose

It was a hot morning of back slapping and congratulations in Uptown Charlotte as city, state and federal officials broke ground on the Blue Line Extension. 

Governor Pat McCrory thanked everyone from President Bill Clinton to former Mayor Anthony Foxx for following through on funds to continue the transit plan initiated by a sales tax increase McCrory championed as Charlotte mayor in the 1990's.