Can Gov. Roy Cooper keep his campaign promises?

Gov. Roy Cooper took the oath of office just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2017. During the 13 months he was officially on the campaign trail, Cooper made promises about things he would and would not do should he win.

As we did with Gov. Pat McCrory, WRAL News will track whether Cooper is able to come through on the pledges he made and when he falls short of the mark. For some of his campaign promises, such as increasing teacher pay, Cooper, a Democrat, will need help from a Republican-controlled General Assembly. Other pledges, such as increasing help for small businesses, Cooper may be able to keep on his own.

"One of the things that I want to do is make sure we put the best people in place so that we can raise our teacher pay to at least the national average, work to expand Medicaid, make sure that we emphasize renewable energy and invest in our schools to make sure that we have a well-educated population so that they can have more money in their paychecks," Cooper said during an interview with WRAL News during the campaign. He also named repealing House Bill 2 and funding his priorities without a tax increase as key goals.

To compile the promises we are tracking, WRAL News culled through Cooper’s campaign website, interviews he gave during the campaign and the three head-to-head debates he and McCrory held in 2016. Readers and viewers also submitted promises they spotted during the election and wanted us to track. This tracker focuses on promises for which there is a clear metric such as the establishment of a program, a rise in spending or another concrete action.


How it works

Scroll down and click on a promise for a summary, its source, and its status. To return to this page, click the key at the top of the screen. We rate promises on the following scale:

AchieviedAchieved: This is the mark of a promise that has been kept. Cooper achieved the goal he set out for himself.

Kept so farKept so far: Cooper committed to an ongoing behavior, such as refusing to sign a particular type of bill. These are promises he can't really achieve full marks on until close to the end of his term.

In progressIn progress: Most promises start out as "In progress." These are pledges that Cooper may be working on but hasn't completed yet. These include promises where the administration may have hit some critical benchmarks in working toward a goal.

Mixed ResultsMixed results: Cooper has partially achieved his promise but fell short in some way. For example, governors often set deadlines that they miss but achieve an overall goal, albeit later than planned.

FailedFailed: Cooper made an effort but ran into problems, such as opposition from the legislature, which blocked his way.

BrokenBroken: Cooper had the ability to follow through on his promise but did not do so.


What we're tracking

Here are the 31 promises we're tracking. Click on each headline for more about what Cooper promised and how he is doing.