Press Releases

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Forest v Cooper Decision

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Statement from Lt. Governor Forest: 

"Today, the the court ruled that Governor Cooper has 100% of the power during a declared emergency and can act unilaterally to deny freedoms to every North Carolinian. 

"If Governor Cooper has 100% of the power, then he has 100% of the responsibility.

"100% of the responsibility for the disaster handling COVID-19 in nursing homes.

"100% of the responsibility for every business that has had to permanently close because of his shutdown orders.

Lt. Governor Forest's Statement on Filing Suit Against Gov. Roy Cooper's Continued Unlawful Executive Orders

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Opening statement from Lt. Governor Dan Forest's press conference this morning:

"This week, in my capacity as Lieutenant Governor and a member of the Council of State, I am filing a lawsuit against Governor Roy Cooper challenging the executive orders related to Covid-19 and the process by which they were implemented. This is the only option left on the table as all others have been exhausted.

Lt. Governor Forest Plans Legal Action to Uphold the Rule of Law Under the Emergency Management Act

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement:

"Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act. The Governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State. 

Lt. Governor Forest on Plan to Reopen NC Public Schools: "Our schools should be full of students, not fear."

Thursday, June 11, 2020

"We need a plan that gets our students back to school. While I am thankful for the passionate and dedicated team of educators and health professionals who developed the plan laid out today by DHHS, DPI and the SBOE, it unfortunately does not set a clear path forward. The 120+ page set of guidelines, recommendations and requirements will cause more confusion for families after an already confusing year because the most basic question could not be answered by the Cooper Administration: 'What are the metrics being used to determine how our schools will operate?'

Lt. Governor Forest on North Carolina Losing the RNC

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Losing the Republican National Convention is a devastating economic blow to the Charlotte region and North Carolina as a whole. Restaurants, hotels and service workers across multiple industries were counting on this business, especially after the major hit they've taken from Gov. Cooper's COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Cooper has delivered a clear message that North Carolina is not open for business, and the repercussions to jobs and livelihoods will be long-lasting.

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