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Stein sworn in as NC attorney general

Posted January 1

— As people around the world rang in 2017 with celebrations, two of North Carolina’s highest-profile leaders took their oaths of office.

North Carolina’s 75th governor, Roy Cooper, wasted no time and was sworn in just minutes after midnight. At noon Sunday, Josh Stein, the new attorney general, placed his hand on the Bible, vowing to protect North Carolinians with the power of the law.

Just after the acorn dropped in Raleigh, Cooper quietly began what he called his “solemn duty” to the state he loves. After a year of run-ins with the legislature, namely over his disdain for House Bill 2, he offered a cup of kindness.

“That other leaders in this state and I can work together to make North Carolina it’s very best,” he said.

Twelve hours later, another solemn duty called.

“This is the most dressed up I’ve been on New Year’s Day, so thank you very much,” said Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Marshall presided over the swearing-in of Stein to the post Cooper just vacated.

Stein, a Harvard educated father of three who served as a senator from Raleigh for eight years, is, like Cooper, a Democrat and does not support House Bill 2 and some other actions of the Republican-controlled legislature.

“I’m not going to paper things over. There are going to be times when we see the world, we see policy, we see the law differently, but I think, as long as we approach those differences with mutual respect, we can serve the people well,” Stein said.

Stein has his own to-do list, and at the top, he said, is attacking what he calls the state’s opioid painkiller epidemic and stamping out Medicaid fraud.

The public inauguration ceremony for Cooper, Stein and the other members of the Council of State takes place on Saturday and the General Assembly’s long session begins Jan. 11.

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  • Betsy Sparks Jan 2, 2017
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    If there is a question about whether a law is unconstitutional, it's the duty of the AG to raise concerns. The AG is not just a rubber stamp for anything the legislature and/or governor wants to do. Think of all the legal fees from the past administration as their laws were being struck down in federal court. The AG can save the state's money and reputation by bringing up legal concerns.

  • James Mcintyre Jan 2, 2017
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    Did Mccoy sigh the bill or Cooper that's what got him voted out

  • Sean Chen Jan 1, 2017
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    I wonder if Stein will be another Attorney General who will refuse to do his job representing NC if he personally disagrees with what NC wants.

    I wonder if Stein as Attorney General will travel out of state to convince businesses and entities to boycott our state economically so that he can become governor.

    NC voters got suckered as we bought into the HB2 trap laid out by Cooper… we believed that it was McCrory's fault and voted him out.

    Except it was Roy Cooper that pushed HB2 and the economic boycott of our state…then blamed McCrory for HIS work.

    Wonder if Stein will be the same.