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AG Cooper says new laws could cost taxpayers millions


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper says several potential new laws could cost taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fights.

Cooper spoke to the state's Sheriffs' Association Training Conference in Wilmington this morning. Afterward he told us bills, including new voting regulations and others, are "bad public policy" likely to draw challenges if the governor signs them into law.

"My office has defended and plans to continue to defend the state when it gets sued. That is the job of the attorney general," Cooper said. "But it doesn't stop my from commenting on the public policy, and we've had some bad public policy passed this session."

Cooper says in addition to the voting rules, new abortion regulations, education cuts and the elimination of teacher tenure are also likely to lead to costly legal battles.

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Super Duper Cooper

Cooper can either defend the duly-enacted laws, or he can resign.


When did he say he wouldn't defend the law? All he gave was his personal opinion.

Defending the voter ID law

Defending the voter ID law means he will be fighting against his illegal alien constituency.

let me get my crystal ball

he must have a chinese crystal ball because mine, made in the u.s.a., says these laws will be good for n.c. !

BUT what about the JOBS?

Oh, I get it. THESE are the jobs the GOP promised us! Jobs for lawyers, clerks, paralegals,etc.

Those that keep defending the actions of the last General Assembly need to take off their ruby RED glasses and wake-up to the reality of our state swirling down the toilet, and becoming the laughing stock of the world.

I'm sure most intelligent Republicans who believed Pat McCrory would be a moderate, as he apparently was in Charlotte, are reeling and having a severe case of voter's remorse.

Laughing Stock

You should take off your ...stained brown glasses because the laughing stock of the world are you idiots who think you speak over the majority of the voters with your immoral Monday blab because you didn't get your way. Well, we've dealt with your corrupt, incompetent Gov's for decades and you whiners need to get used to the fact that at least for the next 4 yrs, you've got a new Governor. As far as I know, republicans aren't reeling about nothing but the disaster named Obama.

He should

He should do his job and shutup about it. He knew what he would be doing when he ran for office. He is talking about the Voter's ID bill which really needs to be enforced.

My father was a life long Republican and passed away 25 years ago. I was surprised to find he vote straight democratic ticket in the 2008 election.

I call BS on that

"I was surprised to find he vote straight democratic ticket in the 2008 election" I'd be real surprised if I were able to find that out also.

I don't believe there's a mechanism by which a voter can look at their past votes, let alone there being a way for anyone else to look at someone else's history. Family or not.

FYI, I generally vote republican, so that's not it.

TWO, 2 cases

Do a search and you'll find there's been two documented cases of prosecuted voter fraud in NC since 2000.

If the problem is so rampant, why is there nothing reported?

Anecdotal evidence does not justify a return to the poll tax and Jim Crow.

You need to get off of the

You need to get off of the Charlotte Observer and Huff Po.

Here's an article of 2600 people over the age of 110 voting.

You're right. There's not,

You're right. There's not, and hasn't been since the progressive movement. It's called the Australian ballot.

While you cannot see what

While you cannot see what the actual vote you cast was, you can see every election that anyone in NC has participated in.....

That's what I've been asking

That's what I've been asking my state Reps... "how will all this be paid for if passed and who will pay for the sure to come legal battles?" Guess what... I never got an answer from any of them including the Gov. Hang onto you wallet NC citizens, our current General Assembly has led us down a rough and expensive road. It's about to get real ugly real fast.

Cut the fake outrage at the

Cut the fake outrage at the "possibility" of the state spending money on lawsuits that have not been filed that were imagined by a Jim Hunt clone AG. If you care to recall, the Dems in the state legislature were kicking up a fuss because the Republicans weren't spending enough in the budget. You were silent about that. If you are going to gripe, make it real.

Setting The Stage

for his run for Governor


If it was closer to the election I might agree with you but in this circumstance, I think Cooper is prepping the state for the cost of defending the legislation. I think ND's abortion law has already been ruled unconstitutional at some level of the court system.
At some point the GOP will have to come to the conclusion that passing unsustainable laws does nothing but harm your reputation for having the best interest of the state at heart.
I think they've over reached without too much forethought.
As for the economy?

What the state desperately needs is a LARGE oil find off the coast. Our supplies of natural gas aren't large enough to warrant fracking here as there are other easier to get at fields to exploit. No matter what the incentive - lowered taxes lowered environmental regs - an oil company simply won't drill unless it's advantageous for them and at the current price of natural gas? I'd be very surprised to see fracking here.

If the economy just sputters along the GOP will be in big trouble in the next election. They need explosive growth.
I hope they get it but I have my doubts



he was all set to run in 2008. Felt McCrory was unbeatable; underestimated the impact of the Democratic Presidential candidate; and stepped aside for Smiley. We all know she won on the basis of the 2008 Presidential coat tails which carried her over the top.

No, he's starting early to run in 2016.

What you say may be true; much of it is. But he is, in the end, a political animal.

Another one to watch -- Richard Moore, former state Treasurer.

Well Tom

I hate to say this but as guardians of the states monies especially the retirement system the Democrats have done very well with the pension fund now fully funded and ranked in the top 5 nationwiade.

I don't like the stats put out here but i honor of Pats first full month as Governor with his budget :

"Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in 14 and remained the same in five. All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate increases"

"The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in June by 16,445 to 4,303,424, while those unemployed increased 16,163 to 439,793."

And I wonder where the jobs will come from? Certainly not the movie industry. Certainly not fracking (no interest from oil company's for our paltry amount of natural gas yet, and skilled positions are out of state people)and not by wildcatters looking for offshore oil (again - specialty tradesmen from out of state).
As I said DES figures I find very poorly organized and month to month figures vary wildly - but it is not a good omen....


You are definitely right

You are definitely right about Richard Moore. He has been groomed for the job for a long time. Cooper is just like Easley. Always looking to the next political position.


he stepped away from government and entered the private sector as President of a regional bank. Located in a small Piedmont town, one of his contract conditions was they maintain an office and secretary in Raleigh so he would be on top of legislative activities.

He's young enough, should he view 2016 as a no win situation, he can run in 2020.

He may have more to offer than the AG.