Updated at 9:49 a.m. ET on 7/31
(CNN) – "Incredibly bizarre" is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state's governor.
But that's how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.
(CNN) - As was expected, Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial, restrictive abortion bill.
The state's Senate and House of Representatives, both controlled by the Republican Party, passed the legislation earlier this month.FULL STORY
(CNN) - North Carolina lawmakers passed a measure that requires residents to present photo identification to vote, joining a handful of other states that have approved the controversial proposal.
The Republican-dominated House approved the measure late Thursday night , saying it will help prevent voter fraud. It passed the state's Senate a day earlier.FULL STORY
Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) - Washington no longer has a monopoly on bitter partisanship. Much of the nation's political rancor has spread to statehouses across the country. And the weekly demonstrations outside the North Carolina legislature, dubbed "Moral Mondays," are only the latest example.
As they have for three monthsFULL STORY
(CNN) - North Carolina's House of Representatives passed a restrictive abortion bill Thursday with a 74-41 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for approval.
The bill would place requirements on clinics that family planning advocates say would make it hard for them to stay in business. Among the requirements is the presence of a doctor when an abortion is being performed.FULL STORY
(CNN) - If at first you don't succeed, ride in on a motorcycle.
Conservative legislators in North Carolina trying to get a new restrictive abortion bill passed have done just that.
House committee members refashioned a bill on motorcycle safety into one principally about abortion after the state's governor threatened on Wednesday to veto the anti-abortion measures.FULL STORY
Moorseville, North Carolina (CNN) - President Obama took his second term agenda to North Carolina on Thursday to announce a new initiative aimed at increasing high-speed internet in the nation's schools. Speaking at Mooresville Middle School 30-minutes outside Charlotte, Obama heralded internet technology as a crucial part of improving the U.S. education system.
"What we're going to be able to do is to get companies to compete to create affordable digital devices designed specifically to these new connected classrooms," Obama said. "I want to see a tablet that's the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the day it's available, so you don't have old outdated textbooks with student names still in 'em from years ago."
(CNN) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory called on President Barack Obama to grant states more flexibility on issues such as health care and energy during the GOP's weekly address.
The new governor, who was elected in November, said state government can improve if it has the freedom to be more efficient, like a "smartphone."