Gov. Roy Cooper has promises to keep

Posted January 10

Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democratic candidate for governor, holds a news conference on March 8, 2016.

— From promising to raise teacher pay to pledging his policy prescriptions would not require any tax increases, Gov. Roy Cooper made a lot of promises on the campaign trail in 2016. PROMISE TRACKER Gov. Roy Cooper campaign promise tracker

But can he keep them?

As we did with Gov. Pat McCrory, WRAL News is going to keep tabs on what Cooper pledged to do and whether he follows through.

Promises range from items that headlined the 2016 campaign, such as repealing House Bill 2, to smaller goals, such as reviewing all the state's economic development programs. We assembled our promise tracker from pledges made on Cooper's campaign materials and statements he made during news interviews and debates.

Promise Tracker: BrokenReaders and viewers also submitted suggestions for items we should track. The most frequent viewer requests involved House Bill 2 and a pledge not to raise taxes.

We'll rate his performance on a six-tier scale, from promise kept, signaled by a green thumbs up, to a broken promise, which gets the skull and crossbones.

You can check out all 31 promises we're tracking and how Cooper scores on the newly launched Roy Cooper Promise Tracker page.


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  • Jeff Freuler Jan 11, 2017
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    Sad thing is they last few democratic governors pretty much financially broke this state. Hunt, Easley and Perdue financially ruined this state

  • Jeffrey Derry Jan 10, 2017
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    start by telling us the truth about his toupee

  • Rick Nolte Jan 10, 2017
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    Well the house wingers promised to repeal HB2 so long as Charlotte agreed to remove their law. And of course the wingers reneged. Make sure you keep tabs on them. They have a proven track record of lying.

  • Ron Coleman Jan 10, 2017
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    What makes you think he is any different than the rest. Everyone knows that the promises are made only to get elected.

  • Robbie Beck Jan 10, 2017
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    Keep track of the obstruction too.