Citing the state’s public records law, the Observer originally requested access to email exchanges between the governor and legislators, administrative officials, companies and others, said Rick Thames, the Observer’s executive editor. The governor’s press office acknowledged the request shortly afterward.
“We think that it’s important to understand completely as possible the deliberation, the thought processes behind House Bill 2 — and House Bill 2 has had a tremendous impact on the state — so this is our only recourse,” Thames said. “The government has withheld the records and all we can do is now go to court and sue in an effort to get them.”
In July 2015, a media coalition, including the Charlotte Observer, filed a separate lawsuit against the McCrory administration for alleged repeat violations of public records law.
“We think that it’s important that people in the state understand how difficult it has been under the McCrory administration to gain access to records that are supposed to be public,” Thames said.