RALEIGH, NC— Yesterday morning, hours before the North Carolina legislature began their long session, newly installed Governor Roy Cooper released a blog entry where he attempted to generate enthusiasm with the public about his agenda. Unfortunately for him, people were able to see through the facade that Cooper has meticulously groomed over the years.
"Governor Cooper has done nothing but illustrate his lack of ability and understanding for the position which he currently holds. We have been given a troubling glimpse into his governorship, which includes lobbying for illegal legislation and appointing individuals who have issues in their background that raise questions about their qualifications. Thankfully, I have faith in our General Assembly to do what is best for North Carolina and her people, even if our governor won't." - NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes
Cooper's real agenda consists of an agenda very different from what he is presenting. On the first day of session, he was already preparing obstacles so the North Carolina General Assembly would not able to pass tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses. Republican leaders have passed massive tax cuts during the past four years, and to do away with those cuts would result in sky rocketing tax increases for all North Carolinians. Republican leaders also gave public school teachers the largest pay raise in North Carolina history last year, and they have already committed to raising teacher pay to $55,000 WITHOUT raising taxes.
Cooper named Medicaid as a top priority-- specifically expanding Medicaid. Just in case he and his entire team missed the memo, a federal judge issued a restraining order on Cooper's attempt to change the State Medicaid Plan and expand the government healthcare plan under Obamacare (North State Journal). Since the judge's ruling, Cooper's has shown his complete incompetence as a public leader by continuing to pursue something that is illegal.
Governor Cooper has been under scrutiny for a number of his cabinet appointments. Along with naming lobbyists for various positions, he also chose Michael Regan to run the state Department of Environmental Policy. Some groups have gone so far as to accuse Regan of being "radical," citing that Regan will put the metro areas like Raleigh and Charlotte ahead of the agricultural concerns of farmers and landowners in North Carolina.
Most concerning of Governor Cooper's appointments is Ken Eudy as his Senior Advisor. Eudy is widely known for disrespecting our troops. He has gone on the record about how he stays in his seat during the national anthem, saying, “I sit simply because I think it odd that, of all the categories of Americans that we honor, we honor warriors.”
As of noon yesterday, the General Assembly is in session. We encourage each member and constituent to voice their opinion and continue to stand up against Governor Cooper and his ridiculous policy propositions.