CJ: Tensions Rise Between Cooper, Council of State, as Governor Presumes Himself King

RALEIGH – We know that Governor Roy Cooper is being sued by Lieuetenant Governor Dan Forest for ignoring the law when issuing executive orders related to the Pandemic Panic. We know that the Republican majority Council likely doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Democratic governor on a great many issues. Now we know, according to the Carolina Journal and Treasurer Dale Folwell, that Cooper is more or less blowing off the Council of State in favor of his own unilateral control over North Carolinians.

Roy Cooper has presumed himself King.

From CJ:

Tensions between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and some Republican members of the Council of State surfaced again. This time over virtual meetings.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell asked to have the Council of State — the 10 statewide executive branch elected officials — hold its Tuesday, July 7, meeting in person. Six of the 10 members are Republicans. Only state Superintendent Mark Johnson, a Republican, accepted Folwell’s offer. The treasurer hosted the meeting in a mostly empty room, with other members connected online. Folwell asked Cooper to change an executive order deferring non-payment of utility bills. The governor refused.

The meeting ended abruptly after an hour, when Cooper said he had to go. Folwell asked if they were “going around the horn”  — slang for departmental briefings  — but was cut off. Folwell and Johnson sat in silence for a few moments after the call. The meeting was expected to last three hours, Folwell said during his monthly “Ask Me Anything” teleconference on Wednesday, July 8. 


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