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Encyclopedia > Mike Easley
Mike Easley


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 6, 2001
Preceded by Jim Hunt
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born March 23, 1950 (1950-03-23) (age 57)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse Mary Easley
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Francis (Mike) Easley (born March 23, 1950) is the current governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina. He is a Democrat and North Carolina's second Catholic governor. Thomas Burke was the first ([1], [2]), though Easley is the first elected by popular vote. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Governor of North Carolina is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... James Baxter Hunt Jr. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Rocky Mount within North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States U.S. state North Carolina County(s) Edgecombe, Nash Founded Circa March 22, 1816 Incorporated February 28, 1867 Government  - Mayor Frederick E. Turnage Area  - City  35. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Mary Easley is the current First Lady of North Carolina and a professor of law at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Thomas Burke (c. ...


Easley was raised a Roman Catholic in otherwise overwhelmingly Protestant Nash County, North Carolina. His father, Alexander Easley,[1] owned one of the two big tobacco warehouses in the area. Easley earned a degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. He then attended the North Carolina Central University School of Law, earning his J.D. degree in 1976. Nash County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a historically black college located in Durham, North Carolina. ...


Easley was elected District Attorney, one of the youngest ever in the state, in 1982.[2] A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


A Democrat, Easley ran unsuccessfully in that party's primary for the U.S. Senate; he lost to former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, who himself lost to incumbent Jesse Helms. Easley was elected North Carolina Attorney General in 1992, serving during the administration of Governor Jim Hunt. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Charlotte (also known as candle stick) is a figure skating grace move - one of the spirals, where the skater is bended and glides on its one leg with the other one lifted to the air. ... Harvey B. Gantt ( Born: 1943, Charleston, South Carolina) is an architect and politician. ... Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. ... The attorney general of North Carolina is the head of the states Department of Justice and provides legal representation and advice to all state agencies. ... James Baxter Hunt Jr. ...


In 2000, Easley ran to succeed the term-limited Hunt as Governor of North Carolina. He defeated incumbent Lt. Governor Dennis A. Wicker in the Democratic party primary, and then successfully challenged former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot (R) in the general election, to become the first Governor of North Carolina in 28 years to not be named James. Easley was reelected in 2004, running against New Hanover County's state senator, Patrick Ballantine. The Governor of North Carolina is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Dennis A. Wicker is a North Carolina lawyer and politician from Sanford who served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1981-1993), and as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1993-2001). ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Richard Vinroot (born 14 April 1941) is an attorney and politician from Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... New Hanover County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Patrick J. Ballantine (born 17 March 1965), an attorney from Wilmington, North Carolina, was a was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, rising to become the Minority Leader and the Republican Partys candidate for Governor in 2004. ...

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Governorship

The early portions of Easley's term as Governor were marked by an emphasis on education reform. One of Easley's major programs was More at Four, a pre-kindergarten for at-risk children. Education reform is a plan or movement which attempts to bring about a systematic change in educational theory or practice across a community or society. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Day care. ...


His tenure has faced budget shortfalls, tough economic times, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Easley has gotten mixed reviews on his handling of fiscal problems in the state. His supporters claim many of the budget shortfall situations were created before he even took office, during the Hunt administration, while his detractors have criticized his support of raising sales taxes multiple times to cover the cost of new state programs. This article is about weather phenomena. ... Flooding in Amphoe Sena, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. ... Fiscal policy is the economic term that defines the set of principles and decisions of a government in setting the level of public expenditure and how that expenditure is funded. ...


During his administration, Easley has not been afraid to confront the state legislature. Easley is the first North Carolina governor to use the power of veto, which voters gave the governor's office in 1996. First, in November 2002, Easley vetoed legislation related to unqualified appointments to various boards and commissions. In June 2003, he vetoed a bill that stripped the State Board of Education of its authority to set teacher standards. In August 2003, he vetoed HB 917 which raised fees charged by finance companies. In July 2004, he vetoed HB 429 which would have required local governments to make cash payments to billboard owners of up to five times the annual revenue generated by the billboard upon its removal. In March 2005, he vetoed SB 130 which would have conveyed state property. In Sept. 2005, he vetoed HB 706 which would have affected teacher standards. In August of 2007 he vetoed HB 1761, a controversial financial incentives bill which would have awarded up to forty million dollars to companies within the state. Easley has used his veto power a total of eight times. The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Easley supported a controversial state-wide lottery, which was ultimately approved on August 31, 2005. He has stated that proceeds from the lottery will be used for much-needed educational programs. A lottery is a popular form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize. ...


Easley ran for a second term as Governor in 2004. He easily defeated Rickey Kipfer, his only opponent in the Democratic primary, and faced Republican former state senator Patrick Ballantine and Libertarian Barbara Howe in November 2004. Though the state voted for Republicans George W. Bush as President and Richard Burr as United States Senator, Easley won his second term as Governor, and Democrats reestablished control over both chambers of the state legislature (the House had been split equally between the two major parties since 2003). Categories: Stub | 1955 births ... Patrick J. Ballantine (born 17 March 1965), an attorney from Wilmington, North Carolina, was a was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, rising to become the Minority Leader and the Republican Partys candidate for Governor in 2004. ... Categories: Stub | Libertarians ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ...


Easley is considered to be a possible candidate for U.S. Senate to run against Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008 or Sen. Richard Burr in 2010, but he has strongly denied interest in those races. As of late 2006, Easley has been frequently mentioned as an attractive candidate for president in 2008, but he also does not seem inclined to make that race. The Raleigh News & Observer speculated in October 2006 that Easley was going to act like a presidential contender in order to position himself for the vice presidential nomination or a Cabinet post.[3] Elizabeth Hanford Liddy Dole (born July 29, 1936) is an American politician who served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential administrations, and currently serves as a United States senator representing the state of North Carolina. ... Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...


As Governor, Easley is a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. The National Governors Association (NGA) is an organization of the governors of the fifty U.S. states and five U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ... Southern Governors Association (SGA) was founded in 1934, and is the oldest and historically the largest of the USAs regional governors associations. ... The Democratic Governors Association is a Washington, D.C.-based organization founded in 1983, consisting of U.S. state and territorial governors affiliated with the Democratic Party. ...


Electoral History

North Carolina Gubernatorial Election 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Easley 1,492,170 52.4
Republican Richard Vinroot 1,335,862 44.2
North Carolina Gubernatorial Election 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Easley (Incumbent) 1,939,154 56.4 +4.0
Republican Patrick Ballantine 1,495,021 43.2

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Trivia

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Preceded by
Jim Hunt
Governor of North Carolina
2001-present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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Mike Easley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (611 words)
Easley was born and raised a Roman Catholic in otherwise overwhelmingly Protestant Nash County, North Carolina.
From 1982 to 1990, Easley served as the district attorney for the 13th Judicial District in North Carolina, covering Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties.
Easley is also considered to be a possible candidate for Senate to run against Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008 or Sen. Richard Burr in 2010, and, although his name is often mentioned as a potential candidate 2008 presidential election, most political insiders do not expect him to seriously consider a presidential run.
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