Cooper Names DA Robert Evans as GCC Chairman

The Watch Dog response: Congrats Mr. DA a well deserved appointment.

RALEIGH

Mar 2, 2017

Governor Roy Cooper today named District Attorney Robert A. Evans of the Seventh Judicial District as the new chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission.

“District Attorney Evans will bring deep knowledge of the justice system and law enforcement along with even-handed judgment to guide the 44 members of the Crime Commission,” Cooper said. “I’m grateful that D.A. Evans is willing to take on this challenging and crucial role on behalf of our state.”

Evans has been the district attorney for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties since 2009.  He served as a District Court judge from 1999 to 2008.  Prior to that time, he maintained a general law practice in Rocky Mount that focused on trial and appellate work.

Evans graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1970.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. (Read more)

Ya’ll Better Wake The Hell Up & See Who Are Working Against You, Rocky Mount Telegram Was Notified!

Damn shame and they talk about working across party lines. Our Governor is from Nash County and Collins has the audacity to add Nash County.

In a sweeping move – House District 25 Jeff Collins Nash County added Nash County to a local bill sponsored by Rep. Justin  Burr – to strip Gov. Cooper of appointments to NCC and have the legislature make those appointments.   This bill has passed the house and is now in the senate.  This was done with no input from the community, board of commissioners, community college or otherwise as I can determine.  Please explore your contacts and see what you can determine. 

This appears to be petty power grabbing and not about the good of our community or the college.  This kind of lawmaking is in complete disregard of our community and the majority of us who elected a Governor for the purposes of exercising some of these powers.   To demean the power of the Governor is not in the best interest of our state or our democracy. 

Please make formal requests to  your county commissioners, community college board, city council and school boards to pass resolutions against this measure.  This will bring attention to this aggregious action. 

Also please contact any republicans you know who will publicly oppose this matter and especially who can influence Sen. Rick Horner to stop this measure in the Senate.  The problem we will face in the Senate is that these other counties may support this bill moving forward – not sure if I can get Horner to take Collins on by supporting removing Nash County.  Perhaps he can get it removed behind the scenes – however, it would be good for him to know the level of concern about this. 

SECTION 1.(c) This section applies only to Cape Fear Community College, Montgomery Community College, Nash Community College, Piedmont Community College, Rockingham Community College, and Wayne Community College

Yes – Telegram was alerted on Weds and still no response or article.  The strongest response needs to come from the citizens of Nash county.  It’s a similar issue as the schools piece — if Nash county stands silent — it’s harder to fight this overreach or power grabbing; however, this could easily escalate to a statewide issue/bill and they are moving into every other possible area — shifting gubernatorial power to legislature and ultimately themselves –special superior court justices, university boards of trustees, now community colleges, not sure what’s next, etc.

Gov. Cooper says he’s in talks about repeal of House Bill 2 – News & Observer

Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday he sees an opening for another possible deal with legislative leaders to repeal House Bill 2.

In Charlotte to speak at the YMCA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday breakfast, the Democratic governor said he has been talking with GOP Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore since their last proposed deal collapsed in December.

“We’ve had it out. A couple of times, we’ve talked,” Cooper told reporters after the breakfast. “They certainly do want to move forward in some way.” (Read more)

Roy Cooper is challenging NC GOP elections board makeover – News & Observer

Breaking news: Thank you Judge Stephens for blocking this ignant mess. It is time for the people of NC to say enough of the McCrory – Republicans ignance. Don’t allow these ignants to abuse the power. It is one thing to have the power and not use it but to use it to create ignant mess that will hurt all folk even those who don’t know, don’t understand or just don’t give a damn makes no sense.

RALEIGH  – Governor-elect Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the General Assembly’s special session law that revamps the state elections board.

The Democratic governor has asked the courts to hold an emergency hearing Friday afternoon to block the law from taking effect while the lawsuit pends.

The law was set to take effect on Sunday, when the North Carolina State Board of Elections would officially have ceased to exist.

The law would merge the elections board with the State Ethics Commission, which administers ethics laws governing lobbyists, elected officials and government employees. The merger was approved by the Republican-led legislature during its special session earlier this month and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, one of several changes attempting to limit the power Cooper. (News & Observer)

Incoming NC governor tells McCrory staffers jobs end Sunday – WRAL

RALEIGH, N.C. — The incoming administration of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is already giving noti, e to stalwarts of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration that they’re being replaced and shouldn’t show up for work next week.

Dismissal notices were given Wednesday to a few dozen McCrory political appointees in the governor’s office and state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality, Cooper spokeswoman Megan Jacobs said Thursday.

The notices remind the McCrory staffers that they’ve worked at the pleasure of the outgoing Republican governor, and their jobs end once Cooper takes over early Sunday.

“We hope you will continue to serve North Carolina in other ways,” said the letters signed by Kristi Jones, who will be the next governor’s chief of staff. (Read more)

Wilson native Kristi Jones to serve as Cooper’s chief of staff – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: I have been knowing Kristi since the early 90’s and she has shown herself approved. Congratulations!

RALEIGH — When Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office next month, a Wilson County native who’s been an ally and Cooper confidante for 16 years will remain his right-hand woman.

Cooper named Kristi Jones his chief of staff last week, two days after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the race. She will be the first African-American woman to serve in the leadership role for a North Carolina governor.

“I couldn’t find a finer public servant to work with,” Jones said. “I tell everyone all the time that I am blessed. It is an honor to work with people you trust and respect every day. I know that he is always going to do the right thing for North Carolina, and that’s just a good thing, because my reputation is tied to his reputation.”

The daughter of Grover and Rose Jones, she grew up near Sims and graduated from James B. Hunt High School. After earning her bachelor’s in political science from N.C. Central University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Jones returned home to work for the OIC of Wilson, a community group providing food and job training to low-income residents.

“She was a young, ambitious, brilliant lawyer — still a girl to me,” said Howard Jones, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO who is also Jones’ uncle. “She has been a light of hope since she’s been out of school, just a wonderful person. She has been an inspiration for the family.” (Read more)

Keith Ellison Just Made North Carolina Politics A Democratic Party Fight – The Huffington Post

The Watch Dog response: I am glad that Rep. Ellison has figured it out. It appears that the Democratic Party is sitting back waiting and watching the Republican Party do whatever they want to do next. The NC NAACP has been the lead dog in fighting these mean racist in the NC General Assembly. If anyone can not see how all of this is racist then obviously you don’t see the bigger picture. I will not spend time trying to make you understand because if you connect the dots you will see so don’t focus on me focus on what is happening in Raleigh with the good ole boys.

WASHINGTON ― The wild battle over the future of North Carolina state politics became a central fight in the future of the Democratic Party on Friday, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) joined state lawmakers to denounce Republican efforts aimed at eliminating the political power of incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

“It’s wrong,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call. “And we have to stand against it. It’s undemocratic. It’s un-Republican. It’s un-American.”

The Republican-controlled state legislature introduced bills on Wednesday evening designed to undercut the administrative abilities of the state’s governor, giving outgoing incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R) the power to sign away his successor’s authority. The bills drastically limit Cooper’s ability to make appointments to various state boards and departments and require confirmation hearings for the appointments ― giving GOP lawmakers an opportunity to stifle basic state government staffing decisions. (Read more)