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Rep. Larry Hall Tabbed For Secretary of Veterans Affairs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 January 2017 11:44
Governor Roy Cooper named Secretaries to head two additional cabinet departments today as he works to move North Carolina forward.
As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Cooper announced Dr. Mandy Cohen, a physician and health care management and policy expert. 
"I'm thrilled to welcome Dr. Cohen to our team," said Governor Cooper. "Her background as a doctor and common-sense problem solver make her the right person for the job at the right time."
Dr. Cohen has experience leading complex health organizations and bringing coverage and care to people across the country.  Dr. Cohen was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she has been responsible for implementing national policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Federal Marketplace which touch the lives of over 140 million families across the country.
“As a physician and policy maker I know what a tremendous impact this work has on the lives of people every day,” Dr. Cohen said. "I look forward to working with leaders in the state to bring economic prosperity and health to all people in North Carolina."
Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Cornell University, the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
To head the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Cooper has selected Larry Hall who served 16 years as a commissioned officer in the Marines and the Marine Corps Reserves. Representative Hall’s decade in the North Carolina House includes serving on the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Hall graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and earned his law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a lifelong resident of Durham.
“Larry Hall is a true public servant who understands the issues facing North Carolina military servicemembers and veterans, both from personal experience and as a policy maker,” Cooper said.
Cooper Names Prospective Secretaries For Commerce And Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:35
Governor Roy Cooper named his prospective cabinet secretaries for the departments of Commerce and Administration. 
For Secretary of Commerce, Cooper has selected Tony Copeland. Copeland brings experience from both the public and private sector. 
As Assistant Secretary of Commerce, he helped recruit nearly $12 billion in investment and create nearly 100,000 jobs for North Carolina. In the private sector, he worked with companies looking to locate operations in North Carolina including global headquarters. He also served from 1992-2003 as executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of telecommunications company BTI.
“Tony Copeland knows how to bring more good paying jobs to North Carolina,” Cooper said. “He understands what makes our state such a great place to do business and how we can best prepare our workforce for 21st century careers.”
Copeland is a native of Hertford and a graduate of Duke University and the Western Michigan University School of Law.
The governor named Machelle Sanders to lead the NC Department of Administration, the agency that serves as the business manager for state government.
Sanders has decades of expertise in quality control, quality assurance, manufacturing operations, and general management from numerous positions in the biotechnology field. She held senior leadership positions with Biogen from 2007-2016 and previously worked at Perdue Pharmaceuticals and Akzo Nobel.
“Machelle Sanders has a long track record of making complex organizations run smoothly,” Cooper said. “She’ll help us make state government more organized, efficient and effective.”
Sanders is a native of Belhaven and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.
Bipartisan Coalition Calls For Independent Redistricting Commission As General Assembly Convenes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:01
A coalition of policy and advocacy groups have called on the General Assembly to set up an independent redistricting commission. 
The groups say an independent commission would reduce or end partisan gerrymandering.
Members of the coalition held a news conference as members of the General Assembly were sworn in for a new legislative sesion
The Carolina Journal reports that Representative David Lewis, R-Harnett, who chairs the House Rules Committee and co-chairs the House Elections Committee made the following remarks at the news conference. 
“I think a lot of the merits that are portrayed that the Iowa plan brings — reduce litigation, better product, more participation, more people running for office — frankly just don’t bear out,” Lewis said. “If you look at the number of unopposed seats in Iowa, the legislature, it was roughly comparable with what we had here.”
Members of the coalition include the John Locke Foundation, AARP North Carolina, NC Policy Watch, the League of Women Voters, Common Cause NC, the NC Sierra Club, the NC Conservation Network, NC Women United, and Democracy NC.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:04
Highway Patrol Gets New Leader PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:32
Major Charles “Vic” Ward will serve as acting commander following the resignation of Col. William Grey who retired effective immediately. 
“I want everyone to know that I will leave with a happy heart and thankful that I had the privilege to be a part of such a wonderful family and organization,” Grey said in an email to Highway Patrol staffers. “As I leave, I have no doubts the Highway Patrol will continue to thrive and prove time and again that we are one of the state’s greatest assets.” Grey was a 25-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and once served as the State Capitol Police chief.  
Major Ward has been with the Highway Patrol since 1990 and was the chief of field operations for the eastern part of North Carolina.

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