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N.C. GOP Files Sweeping Public Records Request For Roy Cooper's Documents PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In a sign the 2016 gubernatorial campaign is underway, the state Republican Party has filed a public records request with Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office.

"We are demanding that the Attorney General release official documents, emails, texts, opinions and other correspondences relating to his 14 years in office as attorney general, dating back to 2001 when Mike Easley was in office," said executive director Todd Poole in a news release.

Cooper, a Democrat, is expected to challenge Republican Pat McCrory for the state's top job next year. Although Cooper has not officially declared himself a candidate, he regularly speaks out on issues.

Poole says his party is trying to "hold Roy Cooper accountable for his 14 years as attorney general."

Cooper was the main speaker at the annual North Carolina Open Government Coalition’s “Sunshine Day” event, which is dedicated to transparency in government.

 
Report: Republican Sen. Buck Newton Considering Run For Attorney General PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2015 05:48

 RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Sen. Buck Newton says he is "considering that possibility" when talk of him running for Attorney General came up at the Wilson County Republican Party convention Thursday.

The Wilson Times reports that House Speaker Tim Moore told the crowd that Newton would have his support if he chooses to run for the statewide office as North Carolina's chief law enforcement official.

Newton represents Johnston, Nash, and Wilson counties.

Newton told the newspaper he wouldn't wait long to say if he has decided to pursue higher office.

Current Attorney General Roy Cooper is widely expected to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for governor. That would make the 2016 cycle an open seat for Attorney General.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 05:50
 
As 2016 Nears, N.C. GOP Courts Voters In Wake and Mecklenburg Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 March 2015 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Republicans have launched a campaign to get to know voters betters in the state's key vote-rich counties of Wake and Mecklenburg. In a statement posted to the party's website, Chairman Claude Pope described the effort as Project Listen.

“Mecklenburg and Wake Counties are not only among the fastest growing regions in the state, but the entire nation. It is imperative that our team of candidates have a better understanding of the issues impacting these voters and how to better communicate with them. This gives the NCGOP a historic opportunity to also become one of the fastest growing parties in the nation. To that end, we’re announcing our efforts to have an open, frank, and ongoing discussion with all North Carolinians – regardless of party or ideology – about the values and common ground we share,” stated Pope.

The effort will be chaired by 13th District Congressman George Holding and the wife of Sen. Thom Tillis, Susan Tillis.

Project Listen is being undertaken as the state's Democratic Party begins a rebuilding effort under the new chairwoman, Patsy Keever.

 
Will She Or Won't She? Hagan Doesn't Rule Out Future Run For Office PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 March 2015 05:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In an interview this week, former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan would not end speculation that she may again run for elective office, telling Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson, "I'm not saying yes and I'm not saying no." The full interview can be found at wbur.org.

The Democrat has blamed her loss to Republican Thom Tillis on money in politics.  Hagan reportedly spent $24 million on the campaign while Tillis spent less than half of that. The statistics come from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Hagan is teaching at Harvard University. Her class is focused on money in politics.

The political chattering class has speculated since her 2014 loss that Hagan might challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr in 2016.

 
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